WINNSBORO — Two softball teams took the diamond at Drawdy Park, but whether at bat or in the field, everyone was on Team Nean.
Softball was part of a fundraiser that included chicken dinner plates, hot dogs, a silent auction and lemonade stand, held for 49-year-old Jeannine Edenfield, who is battling Stage 3 melanoma.
“It’s unreal what the community will do,” Edenfield said.
Almost 300 barbecue chicken dinner plates were sold in advance of last Saturday’s event at Drawdy Park.
Edenfield said her diagnosis and continued battle have been an humbling experience.
“You stop and thing about others at the oncology office,” Edenfield said. “You don’t feel sorry for yourself.”
Edenfield said the outpouring of support has been incredible.
“You get cards in the mail from people you don’t even know,” Edenfield said.
Edenfield credited her brother, Wes Edenfield, with leading fundraising efforts, including a Facebook page, a GiveForward account and Saturday’s event.
In turn, Edenfield credited his wife with coming up with slogans for the purple T-shirts worn by many at Saturday’s event.
T-shirts bearing the phrases “Team Nean: All about third base, strikeout cancer” and “We got your back” were nearly ubiquitous. The latter phrase is a reference to recently discovered spots on Edenfield’s spine.
The same outpouring of support, which heartened his sister, inspired the fundraising efforts.
“I think it was obvious from what people were saying there was a big contingent of people who wanted to do something,” Edenfield said. He added the prevalence of cancer seems to motivate the compassion.
“The reason there’s so much support today is you’ve all been touched by cancer in your lives,” Edenfied said.
Edenfield said the fundraiser had three goals: to make his sister feel supported, raise money for her cancer treatments and to show attendees a good time.
Edenfield said by those metrics, he believes Saturday’s event was a success.
The GigeForward donation page can be accessed at https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/hvd9/jeannine-edenfield-s-skin-cancer-fund?utm_source=facebook.
Alternatively, checks made payable to Jeannine Edenfield can be sent to Bonnie Myers, 67 Arrowood Drive, Winnsboro, SC 29180.
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