Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

October 14, 2013

Tourney goes to bat for EC man

Ezra Mann
Pauls Valley Democrat — The Maysville Ball Fields will soon be host to not only the usual competitive spirit, but with the added benefit of helping one man’s fight for life.

Surrounded by friends and families who have rallied for the cause, the event is Bat for Bub on Saturday, Oct. 19, and the benefactor is Elmore City resident Kenneth Hedgecoth, who has been battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease since he was diagnosed in 2010.

Hoping to encourage as many teams as possible to sign up to compete, his wife Krystal noted how the goal is $10,000 for a stem cell treatment at a clinic in Florida.

“Stem cells were recommended by a family friend who had it done for cancer and had a 360 complete turnaround,” said Hedgecoth. “Life expectancy is usually 3 to 5 years with ALS.”

Hedgecoth pointed out how her husband has been doing his best to keep going for his loved ones but has in the past year been mostly paralyzed, unable to even speak and confined to a wheel chair.

The biggest motivating factor is to buy as much time as possible in order to spend that time with their daughter named Kenlee, who is only days away from being a year old.

The procedure for Hedgecoth costs as much as it does because it is not covered by insurance and all of the money raised will go to cover the procedure as well as the trip to the clinic.

Much of the idea was organized by Kenneth’s cousin Andrew Cain and it will kick off that day at 8 a.m. near the grade school.

“We’re hoping to have him live longer to be a part of his daughter’s life,” said Hedgecoth, adding how there will also be activities for kids like games and a concession stand supporting the fundraiser.

“We just have the one little girl and she’s our miracle.”

Registration for the event is open until Thursday, Oct. 17 and up to 12 people can sign up to be on a team. The fee will be $10 per person to play or $125 for a full team and all members of the winning team will receive a free T-shirt commemorating the event.

At the end of the day, Krystal wants to thank all the people who have contributed so far and point out how the struggle is still in need of help.

There will be another fundraising opportunity Saturday, Oct. 26 through a talent show Kenneth’s family is hosting at the school auditorium in Calvin. More information for that is available by calling Samantha Harrison at 405-712-2163.

“We’ve received a lot of community support,” said Hedgecoth. “It’s unbelievable.”

If anyone is unable to participate in the game, they can still make a donation to the cause through the Website

For more information or to register for the tournament call Cain at 405-268-2453 or Kenneth’s mom, Donna Barbee at 405-238-0436.

Donations or registration fees can be picked up after arrangements are made on the phone or mailed to Krystal and Kenneth Hedgecoth, 301 E. Lindsay, Elmore City, OK, 73433.