LA VERGNE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tay Filorimo lost her battle to cancer three years ago. She was just a teenager, but the fight goes on in her memory.
Now an annual event is helping other families with children going through the same thing.
“We are a voice for Tay now,” said Skylar Filorimo, Tay’s younger sister.
She lost her in 2012 and has taken on her sister’s mission.
“That’s all she wanted, to be helping these families,” said Filorimo. She was referring to other families fighting childhood cancer.
Tay was just 13 when she was diagnosed with a rare form of kidney cancer. In three years, it took her life, but not before she started a softball tournament called “Play for Tay.”
Six years later, the event is still going strong.
“To walk out here and see all these teams on these fields playing and playing the game, she loved playing the game, that she was passionate about, I can’t even put it into words what it meant,” said Maria Filorimo, Tay’s mother.
This past weekend the annual event was the biggest yet with 112 teams playing on 20 different fields.
Maria Filorimo said she was overwhelmed by all the support. Even La Vergne police Chief Mike Walker showed up.
“We know this family and love them,” said Chief Walker. His 14-year-old daughter played for Tay.
“This is special to us because we’ve got something happening to children that no child would need to go through,” he continued.
“We are just so grateful for the support and the people around us,” said Skylar Filorimo.
The tournament raised about $25,000. If you would like to help, visit Live4Tay.org.