BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – The community continues to rally behind a Poland woman who lost both of her arms and legs following flu complications.
Saturday, at the Field of Dreams, a baseball and softball tournament was held in Kristin Fox’s honor. Proceeds from the tournament are going toward Fox.
“It’s overwhelming, to be honest with you,” said Fox.
She returned home in June after 102 days in the hospital. She was hospitalized with the flu March 9, and an infection led to the amputations of her limbs.
Fox is the assistant principal at Campbell High School, and she plans to go back.
On Saturday, over 50 teams showed up to the Field of Dreams in Boardman to play for Fox.
To kick things off, Fox threw out the first pitch.
“Sports is a huge part of my family. It’s a huge part of their life, so this is awesome to be here and see this,” Fox said.
Tournament organizers Fred Mootz and Dave Matz say they knew kids were missing out on the opportunity to play this summer, and so they had the idea to host a tournament.
“With the pandemic, there were some tournaments that were canceled, especially in Pennsylvania. So we knew that teams were still wanting to play late into the summer,” Mootz said.
But they also saw the tournament as an opportunity to help Fox.
“Every penny is going right to the family,” Matz said.
This week, Fox will be standing up for the first time since she was hospitalized in March.
She will walk to test and adjust to her new prosthetic legs, and she is scheduled to stay in the hospital for three weeks before heading back home.
“I’ll walk back into the house and that’s what they’re most excited about,” Fox said.
But ahead of another big milestone in Fox’s recovery, she’s enjoying time with her kids, her family, her friends and her community.
“I wouldn’t get through this without the support of this Valley,” Fox said.