By Cecil Wright, Sports Columnist
Last month, I introduced our readers to Holly LaPierre, President of the Hammonds Plains Baseball Association, who is extraordinarily devoted to the sport as well as the people also involved with the HPBA.
Her baseball leadership is an awesome thing to behold especially when it’s put on display during tournaments their association hosts. The cellphone is constantly ringing with questions or concerns from her talented group of volunteers.
However, the true measure of this lovely lady is woven deep inside her fiber. She is a woman who has endured considerable pain in her young life thus far, however, don’t think for a moment that the difficulties are enough to distract her focus. She is quite simply, a survivor.
Being a hardcore baseball addict means she’s been on the field from sun-up to sundown for many days during the peak summer months. In all probability, that is how Holly fell victim to basal cell carcinoma, the most commonly misdiagnosed cancer in the world.
Holly noticed a white spot on the side of her nose and that set off a series of consultations and, eventually, several surgeries to replace the skin on a portion of her nose, with skin taken from her forehead. It took seven or eight surgeries, but it appears that she has recovered nicely from the battle. Now, it’s hats and long-sleeved shirts for her when she enters the ballpark.
In addition, she lost her husband, Greg, to his own courageous battle with cancer in 2015, but not before Holly was able to surprise him with a 1969 Plymouth Barracuda, a car he always dreamed of owning.
It takes a special person to surprise your loved one with such a gigantic, special gift to make his day like that. Somehow, I don’t believe that it takes more than a second for Holly to decide she wants to do something special for a person she cares for.
She received a ton of awards for her intense dedication and support to baseball over the years. I believe she deserves one more… Most Valuable Person.