Whitby me­mo­rial golf tour­ney raises funds for prostate can­cer treat­ment

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— The 10th an­nual David Whitby Me­mo­rial Golf Tour­na­ment, held at the River Marsh Golf Club in Cam­bridge on May 14, ben­e­fited pro­grams and pa­tients of the Can­cer Cen­ter at UM Shore Re­gional Health.

Founded by Gar y and Janet Wright 10 years ago af­ter Janet’s brother, David Whitby, died from prostate can­cer, the tour­na­ment is an im­por­tant source of fund­ing for prostate can­cer aware­ness and screen­ing pro­grams, as well as pa­tient care. Brian Leut­ner, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, on­col­ogy ser­vices, de­scribed the value of the tour­na­ment pro­ceeds as im­mensely im­por­tant.

“The tour­na­ment pro­ceeds have funded our prostate screen­ing events that are of­fered ev­ery year in Septem­ber where we part­ner with the lo­cal urol­o­gists,” Leut­ner said. “These funds ben­e­fit our UM SRH ‘US TOO’ prostate can­cer sup­port group, which fea­tures guest speak­ers who are ex­perts on the lat­est clin­i­cal tri­als, treat­ment pro­to­cols and strate­gies for manag­ing prostate can­cer and the ef­fects of treat­ment. The David Whitby Me­mo­rial Fund at UM Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion also has sup­ported re­cent tech­nol­ogy up­grades al­low­ing for more pre­cise treat­ments for our prostate can­cer pa­tients re­ceiv­ing ra­di­a­tion ther­apy. The en­tire staff of our Shore Re­gional Can­cer Pro­gram would like to thank the Wrights, the tour­na­ment com­mit­tee and Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion for their con­tin­ued sup­port of our prostate can­cer pa­tients in our com­mu­nity.”

Thomas Sisca, clin­i­cal phar­ma­cist and anti-throm­bo­sis spe­cial­ist, Gar y Bigelow, re­gional di­rec­tor, ra­di­ol­ogy, and Kevin Chap­ple, re­gional di­rec­tor, phar­macy, were among the UM Shore Re­gional Health team mem­bers who par­tic­i­pated in the tour­na­ment.

F. Gra­ham Lee, vice pres­i­dent of phi­lan­thropy for UM SRH, said, “Can­cer of the prostate is one of the most com­monly oc­cur­ring can­cers in men in the United States. The funds raised by those who or­ga­nize and par­tic­i­pate in the Whitby Tour­na­ment over the years have helped to pur­chase equip­ment, pro­vide screen­ings and ul­ti­mately, to save lives.”

To sup­port the David Whitby Me­mo­rial Prostate Can­cer Fund, please call 410-8221000, ex­ten­sion 5763.

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Golfers Mar­got Spies, Patty Plaskon, Jen­nifer Buck­ler and Nina Weisen­born were among the many UM SRH team mem­bers who par­tic­i­pated in the David Whitby Me­mo­rial Golf Tour­na­ment.

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