Hundreds play softball to honor teen who died of cancer - WKRN News 2

Hundreds play softball to honor teen who died of cancer

Posted: Updated: Aug 12, 2013 05:00 AM CDT
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

Hundreds of girls stepped up to the plate to bat it out for cancer over the weekend.

Now in its fourth year, the Play4Tay Softball Tournament is bittersweet for Taylor Filorimo's parents.

"Tay knew she wasn't going to be here this year," Maria Filorimo, Taylor's mother, told Nashville's News 2.

The 16-year-old passed away just over a year ago from Renal Cell Carcinoma.

"I could not control the cancer. It was going to do what it was going to do, but I did control the journey," her mother explained.

Tay made tryouts for her school team, the Riverdale Warriors, but never got to play.  However, that didn't stop her from cheering in the dugout.

Last year, the theme was "Pray for Tay." This year it was "Live and Play for Tay".

"Her quote, ‘I will not let the fear of cancer strike me out,' and she wasn't going to let it, and it did not strike her out," Filorimo said.

On the field, Taylor's impact could be seen as hundreds of girls donned her favorite color, neon green.

Over the years, the tournament has raised thousands of dollars to help the Filorimo family with medical costs.  Now, that money goes to help other families dealing with childhood cancer.

The Filorimo family has another event planned for September, as it is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

For more information, visit the Live 4 Tay Foundation Web site.

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