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Indian Lake woman fights kidney disease with snowshoe softball

Event chair to lose last kidney, receive another

Elizabeth "Liz" Cannan, Chairperson, B.A.D. (Be A Donor) and founder of the annual Snowshoe Softball Tournament for the National Kidney Foundation of Northeast New York.

Elizabeth "Liz" Cannan, Chairperson, B.A.D. (Be A Donor) and founder of the annual Snowshoe Softball Tournament for the National Kidney Foundation of Northeast New York. Photo by Bill Quinlivan.

— Having met Liz personally, there is no doubt in my mind that she’s a selfless woman who is about helping the foundation and helping others deal with the rigors and costs of this disease. She wants to help them face and fight the disease with dignity and grace.

This is just as evident in observations from those who’ve known Liz a long time.

“She has always impressed me with her kindness and courage, but the way she manages this current ordeal with a smile and a laugh just amazes me,” said friend Jane Hinckley. “Whether it’s for the Girl Scouts or for AAU basketball, she is all about supporting our community.”

Jane said this year’s Snowshoe Softball Tournament really “hits home.”

On Saturday, the tournament starts at 11 a.m. The registration fee is $10 per player or $100 per team (maximum of 10 players per team). The registration fee includes a barbecue lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs and chili. For non-participant attendees, lunch is a minimum donation of $1.

Participants can either join an existing team or organize their own team. There are several registration options available: team information can be emailed to nakoma144@hotmail.com; on the event Facebook page at “B.A.D. beadonor”; contact Elizabeth Cannan by telephone at 648-5863; or register on the day of the event between 10 and 11 a.m. Snowshoes can be made available.

All are invited to stop by the Indian Lake Tavern Restaurant at 5 p.m., for the Tournament Trophy Award Ceremony and tricky tray auction of themed baskets’ gift certificates and merchandise donated by businesses, organizations and individuals throughout the community. To round out the fundraiser, DJ Krankin Ken will be playing at the restaurant beginning at 9 p.m.

Donor found

As if to prove that facing hardship with grace has it rewards, last summer Liz was wearing a B.A.D. shirt while visiting a relative on Long Island. During the visit, Pete Cardino was inquisitive about what the shirt was all about. During this visit, Liz received a cell phone call informing her that her kidneys were failing. When Pete heard the news, he decided that if he was a match and passed all the physical exams, he would donate a kidney to Liz. He contacted the treatment center and set the wheels in motion.

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