Chelsey Miranda and Linde Hanzlick know as well as anyone that no one ever truly gets over losing a loved one.

The two lost a family member in 2002 when Blake Hanzlick lost a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

They received a lot of support through that time, and now they want to return the favor. Chelsey and Linde will be hosting a softball and a golf tournament in his honor.

“We’ve been dealing with this for about 15 years, and it’s not as well-known a disease like cancer...,” Chelsey said. “We were blessed to have Augusta bring us meals and have fundraisers. This is a way to pay it forward.”

All the money they raise from the two events goes to the ALS Association.

It’s fitting they are putting together sporting events in his honor. Blake coached his teams’ youth sports teams. Blake was a well-respected member of the Augusta community. He attended First United Methodist Church and worked at the Kansas Turnpike.

The softball tournament will be this Saturday at Moyle Field in Augusta. Games start at 8 a.m. Saturday and go through 10 p.m. Saturday night, then will be played from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. It will be a double-elimination bracket. There are 11 teams, mostly composed of Butler County residents.

The golf tournament will be at the Augusta Country Club Saturday, Sept. 6. Registration is at 3 p.m. and tee-off is at 4 p.m. The style will be a two-man scramble. The cost is $50 per person, and $5 can be paid to enter the Closest Pin contest or purchase two mulligans. Lunch, green fees and cart will be included.

Anyone interested in registering for the golf tournament may contact Linde at 640-1431.