LINTON, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — It’s been three months since the Linton community said goodbye to Madi Moore.
The teenager passed away this summer after a battle with Graft Versus Host Disease.
Now, her legacy is living on through a foundation named in her honor.
Saturday was the inaugural Madi’s Hope Foundation Halloween Bash Co-Ed Softball Tournament.
The two day event was held at the Fraternal Order of Police fields in Linton.
The tournament’s organizer, Tim Riggleman said he’s always had a special bond with Madi.
“Madi was really dear to our hearts. We both coached her through little league softball to basketball. Helping out with just any sport, basically,” he said.
When Madi’s mother asked for his help in putting the tournament together, saying yes was easy.
“It means the world to be able to help them get her foundation off and running. Hoping this lasts year after year after year,” he said.
The tournament was organized in just two weeks and received an overwhelming response.
“We were going to do around eight teams and we decided to extend to ten. Well, twelve teams wanted in but we had to drop two due to time restrictions. But we actually had fifteen teams who were wanting in. So, it actually took off pretty good for being a two week span,” said Riggleman.
According to Madi’s mother, Tera Orman, the softball tournament is only the start of great things to come through her daughter’s impactful legacy.
“How I get up everyday is knowing I have a mission now. And that is until I get to see my girl again, my husband and I, my family, we’re going to fulfill her visions and dreams,” she said.
The winners of the softball tournament will receive t-shirts and bragging rights until next year.
One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Madi’s Hope Foundation.