Tourney will raise funds for Guide Posts of Strength

Sep. 02, 2013 @ 01:00 AM

Todd Carswell remembers how overwhelming it was when his wife, DeAnna, was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer in May 2012.
He also remembers how overwhelming it was to find a trustworthy local resource, Guide Posts of Strength (GPS), that could help the couple on their cancer journey.
“When you’re diagnosed with cancer, your whole world gets turned upside down very quickly,” Carswell said.
“Then you start the whole routine of chemo and radiation, and every day there’s a thousand new questions: What can you eat? What can’t you eat? Is it safe to travel? Our doctor recommended GPS to us, and they were just an incredible resource.”
Unfortunately, DeAnna died in March at age 53, but family members and friends have decided to honor her memory by organizing a softball tournament to raise money for GPS.
The double-elimination tournament will be held throughout the day Saturday at Deep River Park on Skeet Club Road. All proceeds will go to Guide Posts of Strength.
“We’re just trying to bring something good out of the experience — trying to do something to help others,” Carswell said. “This is a way we can increase awareness of this tremendous organization.”
According to Carswell, part of the appeal of GPS is knowing that you’re getting reliable, trustworthy information.
“There’s so much information on the Internet — the cottage cheese diet, ionized water treatments, so much B.S. out there,” he explained.
“But the GPS website was phenomenal. It would take you so far, and then it would give you additional links that were legitimate. It was a great starting point. With cancer, you try to control what you can with education and knowledge, and this was a great place to find answers.”
The Guide Posts of Strength website can be found at www.gpsmentoring.org.
GPS officials expressed gratitude for the Carswell family’s support.
“We at Guide Posts of Strength are honored that DeAnna Carswell’s family has chosen to honor her life in a way that helps other patients and their loved ones through this challenging and life-changing journey that is cancer,” said Cathy Weaver, GPS executive director.
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The GPS/DeAnna Carswell Softball Tournament, a fundraiser for Guide Posts of Strength, will be held throughout the day Saturday at Deep River Park, 1529 Skeet Club Road.
The double-elimination tournament will feature teams with a minimum of 10 members. Registration is $200 per team, and the deadline for registering is 9 a.m. Friday.
To register, or for further information, contact Dave Curry at (336) 707-8128 or dcurry@vecoplanllc.com.
Concessions will be available between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
All proceeds will go to Guide Posts of Strength, a nonprofit, comprehensive resource for cancer patients and their families.