Golf tour­na­ment to ben­e­fit can­cer cen­ter

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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 trot­ter_­don­ald@ya­hoo.com, Diana Water­man at diana@wa­te­man­re­alty.com 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.

Randy Welch, bag­pipes, and Rob Mur­ray, back right play­ing the drums, stand be­hind the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps Color Guard at The Jetty Dock Bar on Mon­day night dur­ing the Salute to He­roes.

PHO­TOS BY MIKE DAVIS

Gra­sonville and Church Hill Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pa­nies hoist the Amer­i­can flag near The Jetty Dock Bar on Mon­day, Sept. 11, as the an­nual Salute to He­roes event was held rec­og­niz­ing first re­spon­ders.

Jac­que­line Ol­son with the Mary­land State Fire­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion spoke about the im­por­tance of those who served dur­ing Sept. 11, 2001, and the im­protance of re­mem­ber­ing those who died serv­ing.

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