North Texas And UTA Softball Teams Hold Charity Games

DENTON, Texas (5/10/11) - The North Texas and UTA softball teams joined up in 2011 to raise money for TWU softball player Abby Burns who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in January. The two teams played two charity games during their seasons to raise money for Abby's medical expenses.

More than $1700 was raised from the combined two charity games. All donations from the charity games and the on-line auction will go towards the medical expenses for Abby. Abby was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in January 2011 and is currently undergoing chemotherapy and awaiting a bone marrow transplant.

For the past three years, the two teams have each hosted strikeout cancer games at their respective schools, benefiting the American Cancer Society. This year, the two programs have decided to raise money for Burns, who was a teammate of current North Texas softball player Hayley Siebman. Siebman played with Burns at TWU in 2010.

UTA held its charity game on Wed., April 6 in Arlington. Called, "Orange for the Cure game," there was no charge for admittance and fans were asked to make a donation. North Texas held its own charity game,"Rally For Abby," in Abby's honor on May 4 when the Mean Green faces UTA for a second time. Admission was free in lieu of a cash donation. North Texas also held an on-line auction on to raise additional funds.

The Mean Green wore orange shirts with No. 19 on the shirt sleeve in Abby's honor for both games. Orange is the awareness color for leukemia. 

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