USTA Pacific Northwest | February 24, 2019
In 2008, Andrea Hart started playing USTA Leagues with Liberty Andis and other Yakima Tennis Club members. Since then tennis has been a huge part of Andrea's life. Unfortunately last summer Andrea's life would change forever.
After losing a brother to an aggressive form of colon cancer in 2014, Andrea made it a point to immediately get a colonoscopy. At the time, her tests came back clean and she was instructed that another scope was not needed for five years. Fast forward to 2018 and Andrea suddenly noticed some troubling symptoms. After having to wait a few months to get a colonoscopy, Andrea was told in August of 2018 she has stage IV colon cancer that had metastasized to the liver, lymph nodes, and other organs.
Hearing the devastating news, Liberty immediately wanted to do something. Knowing that treatments would be very expensive, Liberty decided to reach out to the YTC members and help organize a fundraiser. ADVERTISEMENT Liberty quickly organized a planning committee that included Rebecca Stewart-Levon, Judi Brown, Mark Jackey, Deb McGown, and Rhonda Taylor. YTC Manager, Rich Taylor, helped spread the word and allowed the fundraiser to be at the YTC Clubhouse. The fundraiser, called 1TEAM1HART!, was a dinner and silent auction.
The organizing committee, YTC management, Andrea's daughter (Kelsi) and other YTC members worked tirelessly to sell out the 117 tickets. Nearly 50 people were on the waitlist just to get in! There were donations to the silent auction totaling over $7,000 in value. So many items were donated some had to be turned away. An anonymous donor even paid for all of the catering.
After the dinner and silent auction, the YTC members raised $26,000 for Andrea to offset her costs for treatment, required travel for treatment, and other necessary expenses.
Andrea was going to participate in the inaugural NTRP Sectional Championships, but was unable to compete due to a change in her treatment schedule. She continues to be in high spirits and hopes to get back onto the court soon. Pictured above are her grandkids and of course they are a driving force for her to continue to get better. Braelen and Kaige (10), Paisley (7), Fynnlie and Briar (3) and Oaklyn (2) are all responsible for that wonderful smile Andrea has in the picture.
Kudos to the entire YTC family for their unconditional support of fellow YTC Member Andrea Hart!
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