Saugus Softball Teens Gear Up To Raise Money For Cancer Research - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 1:23pm

The Saugus Softball girls are expected to host their second annual Knock Out A Cure event this October. 

More than 60 girls from Saugus High School are expected to attend the event, scheduled for Oct. 1, from 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. at the William S. Hart Baseball & Softball Complex.

"I wanted to help the Saugus Softball program by raising money but also teach the girls how to give back to the community," said Misty Fitzgerald, Saugus Softball parent, breast cancer survivor and Saugus Centurion Softball Booster Club Ice President of Operations. "Last year, the girls were able to donate $2,000 to the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center."

This year, the event proceeds are going to go to the Helping Hands & Hearts Foundation.

"There is going to be silent auction and the Canteen & League Store will be open," Fitzgerald said. "The Canteen & League Store are going to be donating 20 percent of the sales from that evening to the Helping Hands & Heart Foundation."

The Freshman/ Sophomore, Junior Varsity and Varsity softball levels will all be participating in the event.

"It's great because we have a good time and help raise money for the different foundations," said Cassidy Fitzgerald, a sophomore at Saugus High who plays on the Varsity softball team. "It means a lot that people are there to help out others and help people that need it."

Along with the silent auction, the girls will participate in a Hit-a-thon and the winners of the Hit-a-thon will compete in the Home Run Derby.

"We started this last year and it was just kind of one of those things that hits home for me and a lot of the girls on the team," said Cayla Kessinger, a Saugus High Junior who plays on the Varsity softball team. "It felt really good because I won (the Home Run Derby) and my team and I raised so much money for the foundation."

Anyone who has questions or is interested in donating to the event can contact Misty Fitzgerald at

"It make me feel good that I get to help people," Kessinger said. "It hurts and it sucks to see someone you love suffer from cancer and you don't want anyone to ever go through that."