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February 22, 2013

Supporting Addison

VSU fraternity raises money through softball tournament

VALDOSTA — The Delta Chi fraternity at Valdosta State University raised over $3,000 through a community softball tournament earlier this month for Valdosta native Addison Seacrist.

Officially, the university fraternity, and partner sorority Chi Omega, raised $3,250 for Addison, who was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia with positive Philadelphia chromosome last September.

“It was a very humbling experience that they would choose us as a family,” said Addison’s mother, Jayci. “We are touched and blessed by the support from the fraternity and the girls from Chi Omega.”

The family was chosen as the beneficiary to the 2013 Joshua Dykes Memorial Softball Tournament after the Delta Chi fraternity learned of Addison’s condition through a member of the fraternity.

In past years, the memorial softball tournament, established to honor the memory of Joshua Dykes, raised money for Dykes’ son. But, the fraternity, which includes Dykes’ brother, Zach, decided to help raise money for Addison through this year’s event.

“I think it is real special when the college gets involved in the community,” Justin Woods, a Greek Life intern at the university said prior to the event. “It is always good to know when your community is behind you. I feel like it is one of those things where we aren’t just here to go to college, but here to benefit the community.”

After raising the money, the fraternity presented the Seacrist family with the check for $3,250, which is to help offset various costs associated with Addison’s fight with cancer.

This month’s tournament was just one of many ways the community has supported the Seacrist family. During the Valwood Valiants’ football state championship game in December, money was raised to help offset medical cost for the Seacrist family. Addison was an honorary captain for the state championship game against Westwood.

“We just feel very blessed that the community has touched us with support and the offerings through financial and emotional support,” Jayci Seacrist said. “It has been a very humbling experience that we have just been accepted into the community.”

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