Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

April 25, 2014

A life that keeps giving

-- — When golfers take to the course today, they will play for fun and fellowship, but they will also play for the memory of a young man lost too soon and for the many lives he’s positively influenced since his passing more than 10 years ago.

Doug Henderson III was a man of faith and optimism. A member of the 1992 national championship Valdosta High School Wildcats team, he took to heart the old Nick Hyder line of “never, never, never, never, never quit.” Henderson had injured his knee early in that season, but he remained a member of the team.

In March 2002, upon being diagnosed with a rare type of cancer, Henderson never stopped believing he could overcome the illness. He endured great pain in his treatments but never lost his faith of the possibility of a long life.

Yet, the cancer proved too much for even his optimism and will. Eighteen months after his diagnosis, Doug Henderson III passed away. He was 27 years old.

Family and friends established a memorial to not only honor Henderson but to allow the memory of this young man to help others. The Doug Henderson III Memorial Golf Tournament is the major fundraiser for this fund.

Today, golfers will gather at Valdosta Country Club. They will play golf and will help numerous area young people and organizations. Through the past decade, the Doug Henderson III fund has donated $250,000 to Valdosta and Lowndes County charities and area high school scholarships.

Though he may have been embarrassed by a fund and golf tournament bearing his name, many local folks believe he would have been overwhelmed by the difference his life keeps making.

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