BOCA RATON, Fla. -
Florida Atlantic University softball will host its 11th Annual Strikeout Cancer Tournament this weekend. Each year there are players both on FAU’s squad and on participating teams who have been touched in some way by the disease.
In 2016, it was a fellow FAU student-athlete. This Sunday, the Owls will take the field wearing light blue shirts and sporting matching wrist bands in an effort to bring awareness to the fight and recovery of Danni Kemp.
Kemp was a member of the Stratford Brakettes Women’s Major Fastpitch Summer Team where FAU junior third baseman Tatum Buckley, FAU junior shortstop Emily Lochten and FAU sophomore Summer Damiano also played. The Brakettes are coached by former FAU assistant coach John Stratton and it is the team where FAU Head Coach Joan Joyce began her legendary softball career where she also was coached by Stratton.
Kemp, a member of the Stony Brook softball team, which has been an FAU softball tournament participant, has DIPG which is an inoperable brain tumor located in the brain stem. The Owls hope to help the Stony Brook Seawolves’ softball team bring awareness to a disease that effects 300-400 U.S. children each year. DIPG has a five-year survival rate of less than one percent. The median overall survival of children diagnosed with DIPG is approximately nine months. The one- and two-year survival rates are approximately 30 percent and less than 10 percent, respectively. These statistics make DIPG one of the most devastating pediatric cancers.
While Kemp’s light is shining bright tonight as she continues her battle, the lights on FAU’s softball diamond will shine brightly in honor of teammate Danni Kemp. To learn more about Kemp, visit her Facebook support group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1101583899921424?notif_t=group_activity¬ify_id=1473008460714628