LEWIS - A friendly game of softball between friends and neighbors at Mt. Fay Fish and Game Club Aug. 7 was about more than just fun in the sun.
The co-ed, slow-pitch tournament also served as a benefit for Molly Rascoe, a Westport teen undergoing continued treatment for a rare kidney condition.
"I think it's just another way of the community helping out," said Molly's father, Brad Rascoe. "People have always tried to help us and are continuing to help out."
As part of her treatment, Molly must travel to Burlington, Vt. three times weekly to undergo kidney dialysis. The trips have become a major expense for her family.
Thanks to local fundraisers, such as the Aug. 7 softball tournament, that expense has been a bit easier to bear.
Westport resident Bob McGoldrick organized the tournament, which drew teams from Wadhams and Willsboro.
"I was looking for some outlet for a benefit for softball," he said.
Molly, an enthusiastic athlete, has had to give up several of the sports she loves since being diagnosed about a year ago.
"Softball was definitely one of her favorites," said McGoldrick.
The tournament raised $500, thanks in part to a $150 donation from the Westport Fire Districts.
"It was the Willsboro Rockettes against the Wadhams Microbursts," McGoldrick said. "We played two games. Everyone was having so much fun, they wanted to do another one."
Another recent event, the second annual Brock and Connor Marvin Golf Tournament, raised $4,800 for Molly's medical fund.
Hosted at the Westport Country Club, the July 30 tournament drew more than 100 golfers and raised hundreds through a silent auction of locally-donated merchandise.
"She loves golf," said Brad of Molly, noting how she picked up the sport this year and is now torn between which spring sport she'll choose for her senior year at Westport.
With her disease in remission, Molly is anticipating a kidney transplant this fall, after which her visits to Burlington are expected to decrease significantly.
Potential donors have already come forward, Brad said, and are currently being tested as transplant candidates.
In the meantime, the Rascoes are thankful for community support.
"We're just amazed at all the involvement of people in the community," said Brad. "It's just been amazing what everyone has done to show their support."