MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Angela Morrow was seventeen when she first felt a lump, but her doctor told her it was nothing and she was too young for breast cancer. Angela never mentioned it again until she was 23 years old and the doctor diagnosed her with stage three breast cancer. She began the battle for her life and fought hard for the next five years.
The young woman described as selfless wanted to leave something behind to raise awareness and money for cancer. Her idea was a softball tournament in Millinocket, BATtle for a Cure.Angela’s cousin Tiffany Stanley started the tournament with her, “When you lose your life at such a young age, you leave something positive behind is what you want most…This was her thing to be able to leave behind. It is our responsibility to make sure that her legend continues, that she continues to spread hope and inspiration even though she can’t be here to do it herself.”
“Thank you, NTI, for the support you have given this tournament through the years. If not for generous people and businesses as yourself, this tournament and our mission to keep Angela’s fight going could not be possible. You’re the reason we are able to do what we do and cannot thank you enough.”
Both her cousin and thirteen year old daughter Kayli along with other family members keep the tournament and Angie’s memory going strong.
Her goal, according to family, is to spread the word that cancer does not discriminate.
“I think especially for young girls, you might no only check for those things or think that it is anything but you need to pay attention to your own body,” said Stanley.
Stanley said she knew when her cousin came up with the idea that one day she would be running it in her memory.
Each year Angela Murrow’s name appears on the shirts and the signs. A reminder of the woman she was, a strong, compassionate, and hopeful woman who never gave up.
This was BATtle for a Cure’s fifth year and over the years they have raised more than $30,000. The money raised goes to cancer research and a scholarship fund for a local student. That, according to family, was Angela Morrow’s wish.