Charlies CF Softball Tournament
Date: September 9th, 2023.
Location: Joe Moakley Park, South Boston MA.
Charlie’s Message 2017:
“Dear Cystic Fibrosis Community Supporters,
Fundraising for a Cystic Fibrosis cure is something that I’ve been doing since I was diagnosed at the age of two. My mother Virginia would walk me door to door in our Milton neighborhood to ask our neighbors to support the CF Foundation’s Great Strides Walkathon. Over the years we built up a fundraising force of friends and family. However, after losing her to cancer in 2002 we also lost the wind from our sails.
In 2013, we decided to start a softball tournament fundraiser that would recapture the spirit that my mother instilled in us and continue to fight for a cure. By creating an exciting event and spreading the word we have grown from six teams and under one hundred people in year one to 20 teams and over 500 people in 2016. With that our proceeds have grown from roughly $7k in our first year to over $50k in 2016. We are looking to continue the momentum and have set our sights on $100k for our 2017 goal!”
Picking up where Charlie left off:
In 2017 Charlie’s Cystic Fibrosis Softball tournament far exceeded the goal of $100k and reached almost $125k and received the 2017 Hope in Action Award at the 62nd annual Massachusetts Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Annual Dinner on February 15th, 2018. At the time Charlie was on the waiting list for a lung transplant at Mass General Hospital, so in his place his very close friend Nicole Corcoran accepted the award on his behalf. Since then, the Softball tournament was put on a brief hold while Charlie received a lung transplant in 2018, recovered and after a 2 year hard fought battle we lost him to Cystic Fibrosis complications in November 2020. Now in honor of all of Charlie’s hard work we are picking up where he left off, carrying on his legacy by bringing back his Softball Tournament and continuing to fight this disease until a cure is found!
Last year we were able to raise an outstanding $80k and this year we will aim even higher setting the fundraiser goal at $100k for the 10-year anniversary of the first CF Softball tournament!
How can you help? The 2023 Tournament will be held on Saturday September 9th at Joe Moakley Park in South Boston. We still have team entries spots available, but they’re filling up quick! Previous teams that reached their fundraiser goals preserved their spots to re-enter the tournament this year. After those spots have been filled, we will have open spots available for new or returning teams. We’ve added 1-2 more fields this year which will allow for up to 20-24 teams this year! On game day we will have a highly competitive softball tournament, bean bag toss, and other fun activities to enjoy. We welcome you to invite your friends and family to join us at the park!
Note: Donations can be made via our event page on the CF Foundation website, via check made out the “Cystic Fibrosis Foundation", or cash/venmo can be donated on game day at the field (first 2 methods are preferred). If you are interested in entering a team and would like to donate via the website, please reach out to CTCFSoftballtournament@gmail.com and I will set your team up with its own donation page to track appropriately. For more updates, please follow “Annual CF Softball Tournament” Group Page on Facebook and @CTCFSoftballtournament on Instagram.
Thank you for your continued support, we are getting closer to a cure!