Our son and brother Matthew had just graduated high school in 2007. In December of that same year he was diagnosed with leukemia. After 13 months of treatments and a stem cell transplant, Matthew lost his battle to this dreadful ugly disease.
Matt had 3 loves in his life: girls, hunting and baseball, not in that particular order.
Bats for Matt is a softball tournament we hold every year in his honor to raise money to give back to the community. It is our way of “giving back”. Originally, we set out to give one $2000 scholarship to a baseball player from his high school at Downingtown West. Because of the outcome of each year’s tournament, we are able to give a second $2000 scholarship to a girl softball player. Money raised is also given to cancer stricken families in our area to help them deal with their struggles and ordeals of cancer. Each year we gift 3 cancer families $1000 each. Each year we help send wounded/disabled vets and children with a life threatening illness go on their dream “Hunt of a Lifetime”. This is much like the Make a Wish Foundation. Lastly we donate money to the Downingtown Little league to assist with field maintenance and upgrades. 100% of the money we raise every year goes right back into our community!
This is the update we were dreading and have put it off as long as we could. It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to postpone the tournament for another year. After many talks and family votes we have decided that the safety, security and well-being of all the players, spectators and people helping us with the tournament is far more important and meaningful to us. Without the support from all of you, we wouldn't have been as successful as we have been over the years. We would be devastated if something were to happen to anyone in attendance. Momma C is particularly troubled as she just wants to run around hugging everyone. We promise that we will be back better than ever next year!
The Ciarlone Family