WEST PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Cloudy skies and showers did not stop hundreds of baseball players from participating in “Little Eric’s Foundation” Wiffle Ball Tournament at the West Pittston Little League Field.
The event raises money to help children who are battling cancer. For some, it’s a personal mission.
There’s no place 14-year-old Eric Speicher Jr would rather be than on the baseball diamond.
Eric’s father, Eric Speicher Sr, said “ He loved baseball. That was his first love. He would be with out there in the front yard playing wiffle ball with his friends all the time.”
Tragically, Eric Jr’s life was cut short on December 23, 2013 when he lost his battle with brain tumor
Little Eric may be gone but he’s not forgotten his family started “Little Eric’s Foundation” a nonprofit dedicated to help children beat cancer.
Jessica Speicher, Eric Jr’s mother, said “We were always told there was not enough money out there for childhood cancer research. So unfortunately, Eric didn’t have many options. And the ones he did have were phase 1 trails, they really didn’t work out well. So the more money we are able to give back to research the better the chances are someone in our potion has more treatment, more options. “
The biggest fundraiser is this wiffle ball tournament held in West Pittston.
The competition may be fierce but even the youngest competitors knows why they are stepping up to the plate.
A community coming together to take a swing a beating cancer.
If you missed today’s event you can still support the non-profit. There are events throughout the year.
The next event will be held on August 25th and 26th. The foundation will be selling golden ribbons– the color is a symbol for childhood cancer