Softball Victoria (SV) is pleased to announce a partnership with Cure Brain Cancer Foundation (CBCF) to raise awareness during the first round of the Peta Edebone Cup on Sunday 13th October.
SV are supporting CBCF to raise awareness for the many families that have and will be touched by Brain Cancer. Brain Cancer is one of the biggest killers of children and young adults. The SV community has been touched by these tragic statistics when we lost Waverley Softball Association (WSA) player and volunteer Alysha Waye in February 2019.
Cheryl Waye (Alysha’s mother)
Originally from SA, Cheryl moved to Victoria in 1999 and started playing at Waverley in 2000. Having been involved with several Clubs, Cheryl found her home at Northwood Falcons in 2014. Cheryl is a tireless volunteer, having coached Waverley representative teams for over 10 years and volunteered on the Waverley Committee for over 6 years, most recently as President in 2017. Cheryl has also coached SV State teams from 2008 – 2013 & 2015 and represented SV at the Friendship Series as Coach of the SAL National U17 Development Squad. In July 2019 Cheryl joined the Softball Victoria staff as Events and Operations Coordinator.
Alysha started playing softball in 2002, and represented both Waverley and Dandenong at State Championships. She stopped playing during her final school years due to study and then University and work commitments, but her love of the game never waivered. Alysha played and coached Monash Uni Teams to Gold and Silver during her time at University and was a positive influence on all of her teammates, returning to play at Waverley in 2015. Unfortunately shortly after her return she was diagnosed with Brain Cancer and once again stepped away to receive treatment. In 2017 after all her treatment she returned to Waverley as a volunteer, appointed as Secretary in 2017-18.
When Alysha was diagnosed with the most common and aggressive form of adult brain cancer in 2015, she made the decision to make waves. In the three-and-a-half years she survived after that diagnosis, she became a fierce brain cancer advocate, inspirational supporter of the cause, and a loyal friend to so many. She raised tens of thousands of dollars for brain cancer research through her participation in Walk4BrainCancer events and her attendance at Dine for a Cure, where she spoke eloquently about her journey in 2017. Even in the final months of her life, Alysha never stopped campaigning for the cause, donating funds she had raised for her own treatment to Cure Brain Cancer Foundation so that it could benefit others, not just her. Alysha passed away in February 2019, but her legacy and her impact will live on forever.
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To learn more about Alysha’s legacy, read the story via the link here.