Valdosta Daily Times


September 8, 2013

The Clock is Ticking Seven-Mile Swim

VALDOSTA — The annual swim to benefit the James Eunice Charity Fund is scheduled for next weekend.

This is the second year for the event, which raises money in James’ name for a variety of charitable efforts. His parents, John and Tammy Eunice, began raising money for various causes, including outfitting the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office dive team, in 2011 after their son, James, died in a boating incident in January of that year. Not long before his death, James penned an essay titled “The Clock is Ticking” after losing a friend to remind others of the importance of not wasting any time as you never know when the end will come.

His parents have taken the opportunity to honor his memory through events, ensuring that James may be gone but he will never be forgotten in this community.

The event includes a seven-mile swim, 3.5 miles and a one mile across Long Pond near Lake Park. The swim is on Sunday, Sept. 15, and there will be a pre-event dinner at the 4-H club on Long Pond  on Saturday, Sept. 14, the evening before the event.

Registration information can be found at

If you are a swimmer, you want to volunteer, or you simply want to give a donation, the website can guide you.

I’ve written several stories lately about the power of honoring a loved one’s passing by giving back to the community and helping others who are going through the same or similar events. It’s inspiring and humbling to see how people in our community are creating lasting legacies to honor their children’s memories.

Driving for Research tournament this week

Don’t forget about the Driving for Research golf tournament this week to benefit CureSearch for Children’s Cancer. The tournament is being presented by Ronnie Newsome Racing in memory of his sister, Victoria, who passed away in 2005.

The shotgun start is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club.

If you are interested in playing, sponsoring or contributing to the cause, go to for more information.

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