Monday, October 19, 2009

Softball Team To Hold Donation Clinic For Amanda Littlejohn

BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Members of the Campbell softball team will be hosting a clinic on Nov. 7, 2009 to benefit redshirt junior catcher Amanda Littlejohn. The clinic will be open to the public and will be held at the Eakes Athletic Complex from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The team will be accepting donations for a fund to directly aid in the medical bills incurred by Littlejohn in her fight against cancer.

Littlejohn was the starting catcher for the Camels during the 2007 and 2008 season. In the summer of 2007 she was diagnosed with melanoma. She fought the disease while continuing to play the game of softball during the spring 2008 season, a season in which she had a historic campaign with a .367 batting average, 84 hits, 15 home runs and a school-record 72 RBIs and ended with Campbell making the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 13 years.

The cancer was thought to be in remission until November 2008 when Littlejohn got the tragic news that the cancer had returned and a malignant tumor was found in her brain. Littlejohn, a California native, flew back home to fight the disease once again with the support of her family. Over the summer, after surgery in her brain to remove the tumors, Littlejohn was cleared by her doctors to play and given a clean bill of health in July 2009. The joy was short-lived though as this past September two more tumors were found in her brain. Littlejohn is currently living back in California and will begin radiation treatments later this month.

Campbell's softball team is now raising money for a fund to aid the Littlejohn family defray the medical costs for the surgeries and radiation treatments that she will be undergoing and are running this clinic to aid in the process.

"Amanda is one of those rare individuals that you can't help but love and look up to for her positive approach to life, and the way she treats others," head coach Drew Peterson explained. "She is a true inspiration to our team, and we look forward to celebrating her victory over this newest opponent in the future. We are constantly thinking about her and her family, and lifting them up in prayer. This fundraiser is just one small way we want the Littlejohn family to know how much we love them."

For any questions about the clinic or to make a donation please contact Peterson at 910-893-1355.

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