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(L to R): Gary Loll, One Ball Foundation board member; Lori Campbell, Cancer Care of Western New York registered nurse; Ben Lindquist, testicular cancer survivor and One Ball Foundation president; Catherine Rizzo, Western New York Urology practicing manager and Randy Sweeney, Community Foundation executive director stand with the portable fencing to be used for this year’s One Ball Tournament. The fencing was purchased through a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

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Chautauqua Region Community Foundation

Wiffle ball players in this year’s One Ball Tournament can swing for new fences thanks to a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s Fund for the Region.

According to Ben Lindquist, testicular cancer survivor and president of the One Ball Foundation, which organizes the tournament, the seven units of Above-Ground Grand Slam Fencing purchased with the Community Foundation grant will allow the tournament to be played on a variety of surfaces indoors and outdoors.

“Since the inception of the One Ball Tournament for Testicular Cancer in 2013, testicular cancer and the importance of self-exams are being discussed publicly while playing everybody’s favorite backyard game, wiffle ball,” Lindquist said.

The leading form of cancer in men ages 15 to 35, testicular cancer can occur at any age from infancy to elderly men. With early detection, the five-year survival rate is over 95 percent.

“One Ball Tournaments provide a way to educate men and women alike about this cancer and breakdown the barriers for people to publicly discuss this disease and potentially save lives,” Lindquist said.

In addition to raising awareness, proceeds from the tournament support local residents receiving treatment for testicular cancer.