Emergency workers to hold dodgeball tournament to support sick little girl

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PERU, Ind. (June 8, 2014) — The three year-old daughter of an Indiana State Trooper is fighting a serious kidney disease.

Alexa “Lexi” Beachy, 3 of Peru, was diagnosed eight months ago doctors at Riley Children’s Hospital with a serious kidney disease called focal segmental glomerular sclerosis (FSGS).

FSGS causes scarring on the kidney’s filtering system eventually causing complete kidney failure. The scarring of Lexi’s kidneys has affected her body’s ability to hold protein.

Her parents, Elizabeth and Indiana State Trooper Wendell Beachy, take her to Ft. Wayne two or three times a week for protein infusions.

Emergency service agencies in Miami County like to give back to the community that supports them on a daily basis, so the idea of a benefit dodge ball tournament, for a local cause, was born.

This year the money raised will go to Lexi. If the tournament is a success the goal is to hold an annual event.

The “Dodging for Lexi” dodge ball tournament on June 21, 2014, at Peru High School. The round robin style tournament starts at 11:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Anyone wishing to form a team and play in the tournament should contact Dean Marks at 765-469-0004 or TJ Zeiser at 765-469-3012.

There will be registration the day of the event, but it is preferred teams pre-register for organizational purposes.

The event is free to spectators and concessions will be available.