In 2013, Alex and Tommy Gift established the Mary Jane Gift Quality of Life Fund at the cancer center, a part of KentuckyOne Health, in honor of their late mother. The fund helps patients and their families enjoy life while facing a cancer diagnosis.

To benefit the fund, the Gifts are sponsoring the Third Annual Spike It to Cancer Sand Volleyball Tournament at Baxter Jack’s sand volleyball complex, 427 Baxter Ave. on Saturday, June 13. Player or spectator admission is $25 per person. Pre-registration is recommended and is now open at the cancer center’s secure online link. Games will begin at 2 p.m. and end by 6 p.m. Registration at the door will be accepted but only from 1-2 p.m.

“All proceeds from this event go to the Mary Jane Gift Quality of Life Fund that pays for extras provided to our patients and caregivers,” Michael Neumann, executive director of development, said. “Additionally, Ward 426 on Baxter Avenue directly across the street from Baxter Jack’s has agreed to donate a portion of all food and beverage sales to us during the event.

“These gifts go a long way in bringing cheer to our patients and their families. For example, the fund has provided Thanksgiving turkeys to many of our patients and their families over the past two years as well as provide picnic baskets to patients on Easter morning.”

For additional details, contact Neumann at 502-562-4642.

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Jill Scoggins is proud of her role as an academic communications professional with more than 25 years’ experience with universities in four states. At UofL, she manages communications for several departments, divisions, institutes and centers within the School of Medicine. Her areas include women’s health, pediatrics, family medicine, geriatric medicine, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery and oncology/hematology, among others.