Last Thursday, Roy Hibbert and Indianapolis Colts Pro Bowl defensive end Robert Mathis teamed up to host a charitable softball game to support cancer research. This was the sixth straight year the city has held the Caroline Symmes Memorial Celebrity Softball Challenge, and it was another successful and fun-filled evening by all accounts.
Along with Hibbert, Paul George, Lance Stephenson, and George Hill, among others, all participated in the festivities at Victory Field.
No word yet on the final total raised by this year´s game, which was presented by The Tony Stewart Foundation. But last year’s outing raised around $50,000, according to Vigilante Sports, and everyone involved seems to be pleased again this time.
Caroline Symmes’, a former Make a Wish child, lost her battle with cancer at five years old. Her parents established an endowment in her honor in hopes that more funding for research would help ensure fewer kids would meet a similar fate in the future.
Here is an excerpt from ¨her story¨ on the endowment´s homepage.
Caroline Symmes was just three years old when she was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor Disease, the most curable type of kidney cancer in adults and children. The cure rate for Wilms Tumor is 90%.
But Caroline had one of the most aggressive tumors oncologists had ever seen. They diagnosed her as terminal, because there hadn’t been any research done on her tumor due to a lack of funding.
Caroline never cried or complained during her battle with cancer, she simply lived. With a smile on her face and an old soul, she lived her life to the fullest.
After her prognosis, the Symmes held one last party for Caroline. She told her daddy it was the best day of her life. Five weeks later, at the age of 5, Caroline passed away.
The charity is now over halfway to its $1 million funding goal.