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Local basketball player's legacy continues through charity foundations

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GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) -

(02/16/14) - Goodrich native and Detroit Mercy player, David Barns, passed away from cancer in November of 2012 when he was just 30 years old.

His family and friends continued to honor his wish to help others by hosting the "David Barns Classic" on Sunday. The "David Barns Classic" is a basketball tournament that raises money for two organizations, Hope Faith and Life as well as Play Compete Help.

Tony Johnson, the organizer for Play Compete Help and friend to the Barns family, said the large turn out for Sunday's event shows the lasting legacy of David Barns. "David has touched so many people's lives and that his name is still, you know, he is still out there reaching people right now," Johnson told ABC12.

Gary Barns, Dave's father, was very happy to se everyone come out to support the cause. "It's very heart-warming. There isn't a day that goes on that we don't think of Dave and this really makes us proud," Barns said. Barns believes his son would be proud of the foundation today. "Dave is looking down and he is very proud as well."

Hope Faith and Life gives scholarships to youth from Genesee, Macomb and Oakland Counties. It also helps those suffering from illnesses. To learn more about Play Compete Help, or to donate to the cause, click here.

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