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Softball tourney helps cancer patient pay bills

Local residents banded together Saturday for a one-day softball tournament to raise money to help a local woman who's been diagnosed with cancer.

"We're here to raise money to help Daisy Ansley pay her medical bills," said event organizer Carl McGee. "She's been diagnosed with cancer and we wanted to help her in any way we could, and this is how we're doing that."

The event featured nine teams, each of which contributed $150 to participate in the one-day tournament.

"Miss Daisy was a local school bus driver for Thomson High School," McGee said. "And she's worked at Neal's (restaurant), but she can't work right now. Many of the local people who went to Thomson High know her, and they've wanted to help her with this."

Ansley, known affectionately as "Miss Daisy," was on hand for the day's events.

"I think this is the sweetest thing ever," she said. "I had breast cancer before, and this time it came back in my ovaries. I don't know how much they've raised, but anything would be a blessing right now. It is just so nice of them to do this. It really touches the heart."

Many of the young people she'd driven on her school bus were out playing in the tournament.

"I drove a school bus for eight years," she said, "and I plan on going back and doing it some more."

But her future and her current condition were not the message she wanted to focus on Saturday.

"Please be sure and let everybody know how much I appreciate this," she said. "It really means the world to me."

Web posted on Thursday, July 14, 2011

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