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Miracle promotion to help cancer charity, 4 Words Foundation

By Staff | Sep 2, 2016

Cancer patients in Southwest Florida will benefit from patrons attending the final game of the Fort Myers Miracle season on Sunday at Hammond Stadium.

The Miracle have teamed up with 4 Words Foundation, Inc., in Lee County to host the Get Wet for Awareness event.

“It’s a novel idea and gives us a fun partnership,” said Miracle General Manager Andrew Seymour. “It’s Sunday, which is family day for us and a great day to do it. Who doesn’t like tossing water balloons? It’s an early start and you won’t mind maybe getting wet because you have the rest of the day to dry out.”

Those purchasing two Miracle game tickets on the foundation’s website for $20 are admitted to the water balloon toss on the field after the game to win a prize. Most of the money collected online goes to the foundation. A drawing will be held with the winner getting to throw out the first pitch.

Anyone purchasing a ticket to the 10:30 a.m. game through the stadium box office can visit the foundation’s booth at the park and join the wet fun of the balloon toss for a $10 donation.

Two-person teams will compete by tossing a water balloon with their partner. Each toss stretches the distance of the toss until the last team with a balloon intact is declared the prize winner.

“We put this together rather quickly in the last three weeks,” said foundation president Marie Springsteen. “We hope it goes off decently because I would love to make this an annual event.”

The local non-profit 4 Words Foundation was started in July 2013 and provides awareness, education and financial assistance to patients without insurance or those with insurance but unable to afford the cost, co-pays, deductibles or coinsurance associated with cancer screenings, imaging or diagnostic procedures necessary to make a diagnosis.

“We support all cancers for everyone, men, women, children,” said Springsteen. “We provide financial support so that people won’t put off tests and procedures to get a diagnosis.”

The foundation recently staged free screening events for breast and lung cancers as it has done each year. In January, the foundation will host its Facial Hair for Cancer Causes 10K-5K Run & 5K Walk at Tara Woods in North Fort Myers for the second year in a row.

In its three years of existence the number of donors has been increasing, but Springsteen is working to attract many more donors as word of the foundation’s work spreads.

“This is a personal mission of mine because I am a cancer survivor,” Springsteen said. “I got the idea when I met so many other patients and heard their stories during my own treatment. I learned that some should have taken better care of themselves through screenings, or they took care of family members before taking care of themselves.”

The foundation staff consists of Springsteen and two other volunteers.

“We take no salaries to ensure that all the funds raised go to support our mission as fully as possible,”Springsteen said.

Earlier this year, Springsteen extended the foundation’s reach to Connecticut, her home state and that of her senior vice president.

“Money raised in Connecticut stays there and money raised in this community stays here,” she said.

The Bradenton Marauders are the Miracle’s opponent in Sunday’s Florida State League season finale.

For more information call Springsteen at 239-887-9284 or visit www.4wordsfoundation.org.