Cancer Benefit in Lowndes County

Golfers around south Georgia are hitting the links this week to help find a cure for cancer. The Lowndes County Sheriff's Annual Golf Tournament has grown into one of the region's largest. It’s making a huge difference in the lives of patients.

It may look like just another day at the golf course, but over the next three days golfers from around are area will help make a major difference in the lives of local cancer patients.

Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk says, "I lost my oldest sister to leukemia and she lived just eight days after being diagnosed. That was in the late '50s, so the research has some so far and we have a lot of survivors that play out here and it’s because of fundraising for research."

Local American Cancer Society officials say the sheriff is exactly right.

Emily LaMontagne of the American Cancer Society says, "It’s very important. The money that's raised here goes for education, advocacy, service and research. Research being one of the main focuses of the American Cancer Society to help find a cure. The money for the services, actually some of that does stay local."

It’s money that stays our area, helping make the cancer experience easier for local patients.

"They really have a great attitude. They are so grateful not only for everyday they have to live, but also for the things the American Cancer Society can provide to them."

Help the experts say is due in large part to this massive tournament, which continues to grow in size and funds raised each year.

The tournament goes on through Friday and there are spots still available. If you are interested call the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.