Addy’s Avengers which is named after 8-year-old Addyson Mann had big plans for their second annual pool tournament.
“Last year we had 32 entries finish the tournament. We said next year, we are going to double it and make it bigger and better, Organizer of Addy’s Avengers, Marian Wade said. “So second annual we doubled our entries the 50/50 may double.
Wade said the prize packs are donations from local establishments and the turnout of the event was great.
All of this was done to help raise awareness and money for cystic fibrosis in the community.
“At Addy’s Avengers, we say it’s not just for addy, it’s for everyone with c-f, and that’s why we have the boards that display people in the Texoma area that also have cystic fibrosis and just finding a cure and better improvements for everybody,” Wade said.
Wade said the overall goal was $7,000 between restaurants and Give Back Days, but for the pool tournament last year their goal was $3,900, and they’re looking at $6,000 for the pool tournament and said this year they may surpass that goal.
With how rare this disease is raising awareness is incredibly important.
“Cystic fibrosis is a disease that is not well known. It’s not federally funded, so it does rely on fundraisers by groups like us to support the great strides walk and the cystic fibrosis foundation,” the Wade’s said.” It’s considered an orphan disease, so that means there are less than 200,000 worldwide.
So, there is roughly 30,000 in the US and 70,000 worldwide right now, so awareness is the biggest thing.”
Seeing all of the support from the community and meeting others who have been affected by this disease means so much to those affected by cystic fibrosis.
“Blows me away. It’s been phenomenal how people have come together for this. Keith and mariann have gone above and beyond, ” Wade said.”It’s been phenominal. You meet people that cf has touched their lives and you wouldn’t know that otherwise because a lot of people don’t know about cf. We have met a couple people here today come in from out of town and cf has touched their lives. They are greatful someone else it putting awareness out there.”
“It makes me feel happy. Happy that they are here,” Mann said.