When an 11 year old from Alpine found out he’d be facing the toughest at bat of his life, the Little League community in East County put its rally cap on.
Riley Ransdall was recently diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, an extremely rare form of cancer, and will soon begin a 52-week treatment regimen that includes chemotherapy, surgery to remove a tumor and radiation, according to Alpine Community Network.
After hearing about the news, organizers from eight different Little League factions, mostly from District 41, put together the “Rally for Riley” to help support Ransdall and his family.
“This is the beauty about Little League,” Jamul Little League President Mark Tamborski said. “We can all come together, support each other and help when someone needs help. We put this together really fast after we found out what happened and everybody came together.”
Tamborski said the event which featured 19 games, a home run derby, a radar gun-equipped pitching station, “Rally for Riley” wristbands, and a 50/50 raffle, was put together in less than a month, and all of the proceeds are going straight to Ransdall’s family.
“That’s the community and that’s little league, right there,” Tamborski said.
More fundraising events are scheduled to help support Ransdall and his family, and auction and monetary donations are still needed.
There is also a “Rally for Riley” GoFundMe page set up where donations can be made.