2013-10-10 / Local & State

Cancer Benefit Planned


Kneeling, left: Shane McManus, assistant coordinator; Larry Shoop, and Mackenzie Traxler, assistant coordinator. Kneeling, left: Shane McManus, assistant coordinator; Larry Shoop, and Mackenzie Traxler, assistant coordinator. On October 19, 2013, there will be a Home Run Derby/Stand up for Cancer, a base run derby, (one for men and one for women) at Robertsdale Little League field starting at 9 a.m. Cost per person will be $10 for each event. More information may be obtained by calling 717-494-9761 or 814-635- 4394l. There will also be other small events and the concession stand will also be opened. A prayer walk for Larry Shoop will take place Sunday, October 20, starting at Wood Little League Field to Shoop’s house on Fulton Street where he and his family will be waiting on the porch for the walkers and prayer service. Registration will begin at 1:15 p.m. at Wood and the walk will begin at 2 p.m. Walkers will be carrying light-blue balloons (color of prostate cancer), and the prayer service will be lead by Pastor Jeff Musser of Wood from Reality Church Of God in Robertsdale. Everyone is welcome to attend any of the events.

Larry Shoop, 58, is a lifelong resident of the Robertsdale and Wood area. He is married to Lisa (Lane) Shoop and has one daughter, Mandy (Shoop) Hann of Northumberland, Pa., and four grandchildren.

Shoop worked for the Bureau of Forestry, District 2 out of McConnellsburg for 14 years and retired approximately two years ago. In 2012, Shoop decided to go back to work and started at Gateway in Breezewood in the maintenance department. He worked for four to five weeks with his chest hurting, but thought he pulled a muscle until one day after coming home from work, he had to crawl into the house due to the pain. He finally went to Broad Top Medical Center where he found out that he had five cracked ribs and was off work for about six weeks. He went back to work for three days and knew there was something wrong because the pain was still there and had gotten worse. His doctor told him that he needed to have a bone scan because it could be a tragic injury. Shoop said if it was not for his doctors he would have never found out of his illness.

On August 5, 2012, Shoop found out that he had prostate cancer and the bone scan showed lesions throughout the bones. The cancer had spread throughout his body. Shoop had no signs of illness but had lost approximately 70 pounds and felt tired but thought is was due to his diabetes.

Everyone is welcome to come out and support the events. Bring a sign on Saturday, October 19 with someone you know who is battling cancer or someone who has lost their life due to cancer, and every time someone hits a Home Run raise your sign with their name on it.

Any questions regarding either event, please call 717-494-9761, 814-635-4394 or 814-330-1693.

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