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Softball teams get call to help girl fight muscle disease

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

ROCK FALLS – A co-ed slowpitch softball tournament is planned for Saturday to help a 3-month-old girl in her fight against a terminal genetic disorder.

Bellamay Crystal Perez was born in May, the daughter of Antonio and Monica Perez of Sterling. Bellamay was diagnosed with spinal muscle atrophy type 1, which causes muscles to waste away and leads to impaired mobility.

Julia Herrera, a relative of the family, said, “They’re working with a doctor in Wisconsin.”

To help defray medical costs, the tournament will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Centennial Park in Rock Falls. Teams must have eight men and two women, with a $100 entry fee per team. Spectators can watch for free.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase, with menus on-site. A 50/50 drawing will take place in the afternoon, with tickets for $1 each or $5 for an armlength. Bracelets will be sold for $3 each or $5 for two.

A bank fund to help the Perez family has been set up at Sauk Valley Bank locations in Sterling and Rock Falls. Donors can mark funds for the Perez Family Fund, and give at 201 W. Third St. or 3319 E. Lincolnway in Sterling, or 904 First Ave. in Rock Falls.

To register a team or for more information, call Jose Rodriguez at 815-718-0632.

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