The Kings Park community gathered last Saturday for the first annual Swing For A Cure softball tournament at Flynn Field to honor breast cancer survivor Vickie Mannino.
Mannino was diagnosed in 2010 and has gone through eight rounds of chemotherapy at Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center. She had a double mastectomy last August and her second surgery was held in April.
"I've been living in Kings Park for 18 years, and I have a wonderful daughter Julieanna," Mannino said. "I'm very thankful to be out here with all my friends and family, enjoying the beautiful weather and feeling support from my community."
The tournament was hosted by Pete and Christine Primerano along with their family and friends.
"We do this out of love for our family and friends," Christine Primerano said. "It's great to see everyone coming out together to play softball, and support those in need."
Along with the softball games, there were T-shirts, bandanas and a barbecue and raffle at Park Lounge following the tournament. Trophies were presented to the first-, second- and third-place teams. Many local businesses sponsored the event including Maranatha Service Station, Wood and Associates, P.C. Nolanite Power Solutions, , and
"We'd like to thank everyone in Kings Park who came out today to support Vickie in her recovery, and to make today a terrific day of softball, family and friends," said Pete Primerano while addressing the Park Lounge crowd.