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To our Musketeer friends and family,
For those of you who may not know one of our sisters, Tara Barker (class of 2002), was diagnosed with Colon Cancer last April. She is currently undergoing Chemotherapy at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks.
To explain the importance of this fundraiser, I should start from the beginning and tell you how Tara is connected to the Moorpark Girls Softball League and Moorpark High School Softball. Back in the early 1990’s Tara fell in love with the game of softball, in fact she became one of the most impressive pitchers in the league. She was the reason most girls our age wanted to learn to pitch. In fact she was the reason I started to play softball in 1994. After only a few years in the MGS, she was recruited by a few other coaches to start the first Travel Softball team in Moorpark, the Sharks. This team of girls continued to play both in the Rec. leagues in Moorpark and Travel teams across Southern California. By the time Tara was in Middle School, she was a threat to be reckoned with on the mound and at the plate. She continued to play for various Travel teams; Sharks, Shilos, & Jets (I may have missed a few?). But what was most impressive is that when we started High School, Tara was asked to play on the Varsity team as a freshman and played for all 4 years as one of their starting pitchers and first basemen.
During her years at Moorpark, not only was Tara a huge asset to the Softball program but she assisted as part of the Athletic Training staff as well. Which leads us to her years in college; most Athletes leave their passion behind to focus on studies but not Tara. She was recruited to Richard Stockton College in New Jersey to play softball and pursue her other passion for Physical Therapy. At Stockton, she met her other softball family, the girls on the softball team became her other sisters during the 4 years she spent playing with the team in the cold of winter and the heat of spring training in Florida. After her last season on the mound, Tara continued to be a huge part of the team while she continued her Master’s degree and Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
After being diagnosed with Colon Cancer last April she came home to Moorpark to be with her family and friends. This is where we as a Musketeer family are asking you to help support our “Sister.” Everything that we raise during this event will be donated to the National Foundation for Cancer Research, to help find a cure for colon cancer in honor of Tara Barker.
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