By Frank Lewis
The basketball tournament to benefit the family of a nine-year old girl suffering a serious disease, continued throughout the day Saturday at New Boston High School. Kiara Euton was diagnosed with the sporadic type of burkitts lymphoma which affects the organs.
The tournament, which began Thursday and continued Friday, featured third to sixth grade boys and girls, with all proceeds to go to Kiara’s family.
“It was great,” Eric Voiers, one of the organizers, said. “The turnout was great. Some people were just walking in and donating, then just leaving.”
Several people in the New Boston community, have organized fundraising efforts. Funds have been set up on Terry Sparks’ Facebook account and at US Bank in New Boston.
“I think it’s going to be a really good fundraiser for her and her family,” Voiers said. “We’ve got pictures and everything of all the kids. We’ve been trying to take pictures between games and filling out (greeting) cards. Once we get them filled out, we will keep filling them out and sending them to her (Kiara).”
Voiers said the people volunteering were excited to hear that Kiara had come home from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus for the day Saturday, though she was expected to return to the hospital.
“I just want to thank everybody in the area for coming out,” Voiers said. “It’s not just the local people, it’s the whole Scioto County, and I see that Jackson (Ohio) is here.” He thanked those who had volunteered to officiate, keep score, and even operate a concession stand.”
New Boston Basketball League President and Village Administrator Steve Hamilton said the tournament will continue on Sunday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.