The 37-year-old Oswego dad continues to battle the disease with wife Coleen McKeown and their children, William, Avery and Ryeen, at his side. Now, community members are rallying to help the family with mounting medical and travel costs with the July 12 Robbie Strong Wiffle Ball Tournament.
The event is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at Prairie Point Community Park, 4120 Plainfield Rd., Oswego. The day's events will also include entertainment, kids activities, a home run derby, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, food, hair braiding and hair cuts, arts and crafts, a bounce house and face painting.
After six rounds of chemotherapy and having a stem cell transplant using his own cells, Robbie's fight isn't over, and the dad of three is traveling to New York City on a weekly or biweekly basis to be part of clinical trials that are not available in Chicago.
"There is no cure, Matt is simply hoping to maintain a strong quality of life with his work and family as long as possible so he can be with his children for as many of their milestones as possible: dance recitals, hockey games, proms, graduations, and walking his daughters down the aisle for their weddings," a website dedicated to the family said.
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About the tournamentAt the July 12 wiffle ball tournament, teams will be divided into two divisions: 13 and under and 14 and older. Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of three games, and may have up to five players on their roster.
The deadline to register is Saturday, July 5. Registration fee is $100 per team, which includes T-shirts and lunch tickets for all team members. Click here to register.
Visit the Robbie Strong Wiffle Ball Tournament website for more information.