Youth Middle Softball players play in honor of fellow student battling leukemia

Youth Middle School student, Zoie Sellers, has become quite a celebrity in the community, but it’s a celebrity she would probably gladly do without. The 12-year-old is currently at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston battling leukemia. Several events and fundraisers have been organized to help her mother, Christy Sharpe, of Monroe, as she tries to spend as much time as possible at the hospital with her daughter while still taking care of her other four children.

The YMS football players have already taken to the field in support of Zoie this year, and Tuesday it was the turn of the YMS softball team.

Picture of YMS Softball team, Head Coach Amy Larimer, Asst. Coach Kyle Hardy, Christy Sharpe (Zoie Sellars' Mom), Childhood cancer survivors Carly Ezele and Mackenzie Middlebrooks.  All 3 threw out first pitches. Contributed photo
Picture of YMS Softball team, Head Coach Amy Larimer, Asst. Coach Kyle Hardy, Christy Sharpe (Zoie Sellars’ Mom), Childhood cancer survivors Carly Ezele and Mackenzie Middlebrooks. All 3 threw out first pitches. Contributed photo

The game against Putnam County opened with a ceremony. Two local cancer survivors, Walnut Grove High School senior McKenzie Middlebrooks and 3-year-old Carley Ezelle joined Sharpe to throw out the first pitch for Zoie.

 

“We were wearing ‘Win for Zoie’ shirts as well,” said softball coach Amy Larimer, adding that the game was sponsored by the City of Walnut Grove.

Larimer said she decided to have the game in Zoie’s honor after hearing about her diagnosis.

“We started last year with the childhood cancer awareness game instead of a Pink Out game and we gave our donation to CHOA,” Larimer said. “This year, the donation will go straight to Zoie’s family.

YMS Softball T-shirts to help fight Childhood Cancer in the name of Zoie Sellers. Contributed photo
YMS Softball T-shirts to help fight Childhood Cancer in the name of Zoie Sellers. Contributed photo

Larimer said that although Zoie is not a softball player herself, Emma Peeler, one of the players  is good friends with one of Zoie’s siblings.

“I got Zoie’s mom’s contact number through her for my initial contact,” Larimer said. “We are raising money through shirt sales, which we have already done, and bracelet sales and general donations.”

If you would like to follow Zoie’s Journey, you can do so through her Facebook Page and if you want to donate, you can do so through the website.

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