On a sunny day, it's not hard to find golfers out working on their handicaps, but for Ansel Clark, Wednesday's golf tournament is one of the reasons his wife is still with him today.
Ansel says, “She gave birth to our second child and then about a week later she gave birth to a tumor, so it was pretty scary at the time."
Ansel's wife is a survivor of ovarian cancer. He believes it's cancer research fundraisers, like this golf tournament, that helped give his wife a second chance at life.
The story is similar for many out here, including the tournament's organizer.
Ashley Paulk, Lowndes County Sheriff, says, "Unfortunately, I lost a sister to cancer. I lost my father to cancer. It's on my heart. I've been doing this for 20 years."
And with every dime going directly to cancer patients in south Georgia, folks say this event makes an enormous impact on our region.
Emily Lamontagne of the American Cancer Society says, "Georgia is one of the states in the top three right now in cancer incidents and mortality. We are trying to, through prevention and education, to get the word out there through the ACS to maybe start preventing cancer incidents."
Organizers say they expect to raise nearly $30,000, money that will be used to help cancer patients find their own happy ending.
The tournament goes on through Friday, and there are spots still available. If you are interested, just call the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office at 229-333-5138.
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