CUP will benefit Cranberry family
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The Long family of Cranberry Township has been chosen as this year's Inspirational Family for the Cranberry CUP. Kim Long, second from right, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma last June. Her children, from left, Alexis, 11, Cody, 13, and Ricky, 15, have all pitched in to help their mother.
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CRANBERRY TWP — A Cranberry mother and her three school-aged children have been chosen as the Inspirational Family for this year's Cranberry CUP.
Kim Long and her children, Ricky, Cody and Alexis, will serve as an inspiration to the community that will turn out Aug. 2 to 4 for the grassroots fundraising effort that includes a neighborhood softball tournament, a golf outing and a kick off party.
The event, in its 14th year, has raised more than $1 million for families.
Long, 39, is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma, being diagnosed last June. The Cranberry resident and 1992 Seneca Valley High School graduate has undergone six chemotherapy cycles through February.
It was later determined that she would need daily radiation therapy for five weeks. It is likely that she will undergo another six-round cycle of chemotherapy.
Because of the effects of the treatments, she has been unable to work and was forced to quit her job. Her medical benefits ran out in December.
Her children have stepped up as best they can to earn money for the family.
Long's son Ricky, 15, got a job at Burger King. Cody, 13, and Alexis, 11, this past winter shoveled snow.
The children all help around the house, and they also volunteer for the Pittsburgh Project.
“I am in awe of everything they have done together as a family to support each other during this difficult time,” said Chris Corcoran, Cranberry CUP board member.
The organization promotes volunteerism, community spirit, and goodwill toward a person or family in need.
The Cranberry CUP softball tournament has 700 to 800 players each year that includes more than 20 neighborhood and open division teams.
The Golf Classic, which sells out every year, hosts 144 golfers.
The annual Kick Off Party entertains about 400 supporters at Cranberry Highlands Golf Course.
The opening ceremony is held on the Saturday morning of the softball tournament. It is where the community is introduced to the Inspirational Family.
Cathy Cortazzo, Cranberry CUP president, said the Cranberry CUP last year was able to give Cheyannia Marburger and her family the most wonderful and memorable weekend.
“The CUP was able to help that family by relieving some of the necessary bills for a year since Debra, Chey's mother, had to take a leave to take care of her daughter,” said Cortazzo. Chey died this past fall.
In addition to helping the Inspirational Family, the Cranberry CUP also contributed the final amount needed to buy a guide dog for Natalie Menzl, 9, of Cranberry Township and to recruit volunteers to buy gifts for several needy families who were referred by the Seneca Valley School District.
The Cranberry CUP also has committed to contribute $35,000 in the next five years for the new Kids Castle playground at the Community Park off Route 19, said Cortazzo.
“We are hoping that being chosen as the Inspiration Family for 2013 not only will relieve their financial hardships while Kim (Long) is going through treatments, but also that it will give them something to look forward to relieve their stress and lift them up so Kim can concentrate on getting well,” said Cortazzo.
The CUP still is accepting softball teams until May 13.
Tax-deductible donations can be sent to the Cranberry CUP, P.O. Box 1614, Cranberry Township, PA 16066.
More information is available at www.cranberrycup.org or by e-mail at softball@zoominternet.net.



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