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It's a Home Run
By Mary Nugent, Staff Writer
Chico Enterprise Record
Posted 12/17/11, 12:01 AM PST


CHICO--When women get cancer, they join together for support, advice and compassion. They celebrate survival and help each other through grieving. They also are more likely to get preventive medical check-ups.When men get cancer, they generally don't do much of that.

Congratulations to Fran Dowell, National Senior Softball Hall of Fame

from the SSUSA Newsletter, July 8, 2015


SSUSA Executive Director Fran Dowell has been elected into the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame.


Fran has been involved in Senior Softball since 1998, becoming the first woman Executive Director in a major softball organization in 2006. Fran also received the National Award of Excellence from Sports Events Magazine in both 2009 and 2012, as one of the top 12 sports promoters in America.

"Fran has been an instrumental leader behind the continued strong growth of Senior Softball-USA and, even more important, has become the heart and soul of the organization." Said Terry Hennessy CEO.

For the past decade Fran has guided the largest senior tournaments in the sport, including the World Master Championships, which drew 500 teams to Las Vegas last year.

In addition she has increased the number of cities in which SSUSA holds tournaments from 35 in 2005 to 70 in 2015.


"I am very honored to be elected into the 2015 Hall of Fame," said Fran Dowell. "I have always thought of myself as the luckiest girl in the world to have so many wonderful friends in Senior Softball."


"Her passion and caring truly affects every life today in the world of Senior Softball" said Keith Parker, NSSHOF Class of 2005.

Fran will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Las Vegas during the World Masters Championships on Monday September 28, 2015 at Big League Dreams.

Notes from Players, Fans, and Friends

I saw the article in SSUSA newsletter and had to send you a note. I've played senior softball in Huntsville, AL and some 60+ tournament ball last year.


I had surgery for prostate cancer in 2012 and radiation treatments in 2013.


So far the outlook is great. I wrote a short series of notes about my experiences during my radiation treatments. Thought maybe some might find them amusing. 


Who knows. Maybe we'll get to play together sometime.



I know your inbox is probably a busy place, so I just wanted to send you a quick follow up email. I would love to get your input in my research on running the CAN-Sirs softball league online.


Would love your feedback.  -R

Being a softball club with older players, cancer has shown itself numerous times. After we received your letter, our club voted to donate to your worthwhile organization. Enclosed is a check.



Big Valley Senior Softball Club

Lodi, CA

Thank you all for what you do and allowing us to participate.


Oshkosh Ambassadors 

Senior Softball

Oshkosh, WI


Just read your article in the Senior Softball News.  My husband has been playing softball for almost 50 years and last year he was diagnosed with lymphoma but happy to report after a pretty aggressive chemo he is cancer-free -- our softball community was VERY supportive and Ed did not miss being at one game (even though he felt like crap for some of them) and was able to catch one inning at the Las Vegas tournament so he culd say he played last season. He is now back playing on 3 teams (1 is a travel team) and although not back at SS yet (playing 3rd and DH-ing sometimes) he is getting stronger each week.


Softball friends got us through!




I assume from the name this is for men. Do you have a women's branch as well? If so, I would like to join.

Thanks, S. 

Cool coverage. Where can I get a couple of copies of the magazine for my sisters?   -G



President's Message: CAN-Sirs is a volunteer support group of softball players who play in various tournaments to promote cancer awareness. This support group was started by Pete Davignon and his wife, Vicki, after his bout with cancer. A number of Big Valley players have volunteered to play with this group. Frank L. told me a few years ago, "that no man should have to die from prostate cancer." If you have questions, don't be afraid to ask ('nuff said).

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