By Todd Vinyard

Daily Journal

Sherry Abraham and Karen Joyal know that one out of every three people will suffer from cancer, and that’s why they, along with other area golfers, are teaming up to raise funds to fight it.

“Cancer is something that touches everyone directly or indirectly,” said Abraham, a breast cancer survivor. “We know golfers have generous hearts, and we are hoping they will take advantage of these opportunities to help.”

These opportunities are “Rally for the Cure” in conjunction with the Millie Livingston Tournament at the Tupelo Country Club on May 15th. Next up is “Take a Swing at Cancer” on July 19th at the Natchez Trace Golf Club.

All the funds from the “Take a Swing at Cancer” tourney will go to benefit cancer patients. The entry fee for the four-person scramble is $240 a team.

“The medical cost of cancer treatment can really be staggering,” Joyal said.

Women’s teams will tee off in the morning at 8:30 a.m., and men will hit the course at 1:30 p.m. There will be a lunch and dinner.

Right now organizers are looking for hole sponsors and volunteers, which could include cancer survivors.

“Employees can go in on this together and pool their donations together to buy a hole,” Abraham said.

For more information about playing in the tournament, volunteering or hole sponsorship, call Joyal at 844-6948, Abraham at 840-2014, or Tim Bruner at the North Mississippi Medical Center.

“Rally for the Cure” is a grass roots effort to raise money for breast cancer which is the official charity of Ladies Professional Golfers Association and PGA Senior Men. Slots for the tournament in Tupelo have already been filled in-house, but country clubs wishing to hold a similar “Rally for the Cure” event can call 1-800-327-6811 for more information.

The Millie Livingston Tournament is held in honor of a current and long-time club member.

“We felt it would be good to combine these two events,” Abraham said. “The great thing about people in Northeast Mississippi is they are always willing to help.”

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