Golf tournament to benefit cancer center
GRASONVILLE — Driving Away Cancer will host its inaugural charity golf tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Prospect Bay Country Golf Club in Grasonville. Proceeds from the tournament support the Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute ser ving those in our community that have been diagnosed with cancer.
Last year Don Trotter of Stevensville was diagnosed with aggressive bladder cancer. His first course of action was to receive chemotherapy at the Geaton and Joann DeCesaris Cancer Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Chemotherapy consisted of maximum treatments every other week for 12 weeks. Tuesdays were especially long as the treatment lasted six hours. Don was very comfortable, but his wife Kathy soon realized that the caregiver/visitor chairs could be improved for sitting for such a long period of time.
Caregivers play a vital role in support of their loved ones, friends and family toward their healing. The Trotters are very grateful for all of the nurses and staff at Anne Arundel Medical Center infusion center for killing Don’s cancer. Last winter, Don had his bladder and prostate removed at Johns Hopkins Hospital. After follow up tests, he was told there was no longer any cancer in his body. This is when the Trotters decided to pay it forward for future caregivers and visitors at the Geaton and Joann DeCesaris Cancer Center. Their goal was to replace 38 infusion center caregiver/visitors chairs.
With the help of Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, they were able to create the Driving Away Cancer golf tournament. The tournament committee then asked Diana Waterman of Centreville to be the honorary chairman as she had battled and beat breast cancer last year. Her husband Barry and her friends had also spent long hours in the caregiver/visitor chairs at the DeCesaris Cancer Institute, so she was happy to be a part of this effort.
Driving Away Cancer Golf Tournament will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Prospect Bay Country Club. Registration opens at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m., followed by an awards luncheon. There will be great golf prizes and a guaranteed day of fun on the links. At the luncheon there is a jewelry raffle, with only 100 chances sold, to win a one of a kind necklace designed by world-renowned Jewelry designer Barry Brinker valued at $1,800. They will also have an amazing silent auction including a signed PRS guitar with a private tour for 8, a pig roast for 50 people including 2 sides hosted by It’s the Pits along with beer donated by Kelly Distributors and Eddie the Hittman DJ, a wheelbarrow filled with wine and liquor and so much more.
There are still sponsorship opportunities and golf spots available. If you don’t play golf but would like to attend the luncheon, the cost is $35.
For more information, visit Driving Away Cancer on Facebook page or www. drivingawaycancer.com. Or email Don Trotter at email@example.com, Diana Waterman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathy Trotter at weberett@aol. com.
From left, Linda Austin owner of Rita’s Italian Ice, the lunch sponsor; Diana Waterman, honorary chairman; Don and Kathy Trotter, founders; and Karen White.
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