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August 21, 2013

Veterans, firefighters and police to play for charity


Pasley, who lives in Danville, had her second mastectomy in January and continues to travel to Indianapolis with her husband, Shawn, for treatments. McMahon, of Westville, was a member of the McKendree University football team when diagnosed and has since returned to school and the team. He continues to receive chemotherapy.

In addition to Danville emergency personnel, there will be a local addition on the VetSports team as well. Dunavan said Oakwood resident Jason Wills, a member of the U.S. Army who suffered a head injury, will be in the dugout with other veterans for this year’s games.

Dunavan said he reached out to Wills with the offer through Facebook and heard back from him quickly.

“When he called me back, I could hear through the phone how excited he was,” Dunavan said.

“We wanted to include someone local,” Urruela noted.

As with previous years, the evening will feature three games with the police team taking on VetSports as well as firefighters taking a shot at the team. The firefighters and police teams will also square off.

Gates open at 3 p.m. Saturday, followed immediately by batting practice and then a home run derby at 4 p.m. A K9 demonstration will be featured during one intermission while a speed painting will be done by John Janesky during the other. The painting will be sold by silent auction, with the high bidder named following the third game.

Dunavan said the evening will end with a fireworks display at the stadium.

To kick off the event, an escort of the VETSports team featuring Patriot Guard and American Legion motorcycle riders will leave Danville Area Community College at 2:40 p.m., Dunavan said. The escort will travel through the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System campus before proceeding west on East Main to South Gilbert Street, where it will continue south to Danville Stadium.

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