Taking a Swing at Cancer gets personal



By Michaela Gibson Morris

Daily Journal

Longtime golfer and Tupelo gastroenterologist Dr. Sam Pace wants more people teeing off against cancer.

The honorary chairman for the Take A Swing at Cancer Tournament has been fighting a reoccurrence of his colon cancer since July with chemotherapy.

“It gives me the drive to do anything I can,” Pace said.

The annual tournament, which will be held May 19 at Old Waverly in West Point, is the single biggest fundraiser for the NMMC Cancer Patient Assistance Fund.

Each year the fund helps patients keep going in the fight against cancer, assisting with pain and anti-nausea medications, nutritional supplements and transportation to treatment. In 18 years, the tournament has raised well over $1 million.

Pace said he is grateful that he’s had minimal side effects from the chemotherapy and that he has such a strong support system with his wife, Tupelo internist Dr. Mary Pace, his family, his medical partners and friends. But some have very difficult time through treatment, and many don’t have a robust support network.

“Our efforts in the Take a Swing at Cancer tournament mean even more to these people,” Pace said. “We become their support. The money we raise eases their burden.”

On May 19, the main tournament will have morning and afternoon flights. The cost for the four-person scramble is $250 or $1,000 a team.

This year, there will be a Sunday afternoon Medal Play tournament, open to teams of four. The additional entry fee includes accommodations at Old Waverly and dinner in addition to the golf.

For non-golfers, there will be a Corks & Canvases painting party event on May 19 during the afternoon flight hosted by Marcia Bryan and Mary Margaret Case.

Brochure and registration forms are available at www.nmhs.net/hcf_take_a_swing.php. For more information, call (662) 377-3613.

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