Valdosta Daily Times

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July 11, 2014

Golf tourney battles cancer

-- — Battling cancer seems a never-ending war. Yet, for anyone who has ever had cancer, for anyone who has a friend or relative who has struggled against cancer, it is a battle worth waging.

Through all of the years of donations, research and fundraisers such as the Relay for Life, medical science has made progress against cancer.

Look at the Survivors Walk during the Relay for Life. Not too many years ago, only a few people would have survived cancer to walk that walk. Now, dozens of survivors make the lap.

Step by step, fundraiser by fundraiser, person by person, dollar by dollar, strides are being made in the fight against cancer.

For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society golf tournament has contributed its share to saving lives from cancer. This week, it continues battling cancer.

Hosted by Kinderlou this year and coordinated by  J.D. Yeager and Ashley Paulk, the former Lowndes County Commission chairman and a former Lowndes County sheriff, the Lowndes/Echols American Cancer Society’s Tournament of Hope started in the mid-1970s and has raised more than a half-million dollars for cancer research during then and now. The tournament is scheduled to start Wednesday. It is expected to raise tens of thousands of dollars for cancer research.

“You never know which dollar is going to be the dollar (that leads to cancer being cured),” Paulk has said in the past. “I hope we raise that magic dollar.”

We do, too.

More information on the tournament, call J.D. Yeager at (229) 740-0978 or Ashley Braswell at (229) 834-0709.

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