Golf Tournament Keeps Local Focus For A Cure

Anita Campbell
County Reporter
Golfers enjoyed a day on Shawnee Bend Golf Course while they raised $21,000 for the Benton County Cancer Fund at their Nineteenth Annual Benton County Cancer Golf Tourney on September 18.
Chair of the event Kelly Stackhouse reported that nearly 100 sponsors and 70 golfers helped the BC Cancer Fund to raise the money.
A special event at the golf tourney was honoring Larry and June Walthall by renaming the tournament the Larry and June Walthall Benton County Cancer Golf Tournament.  Larry and June have been involved in the Benton County Golf Tournament since its beginning.
All money raised for the Benton County Cancer Fund goes to help Benton County residents suffering with the effects of cancer.
Winners in the Benton County Cancer Fund Golf Tourney included:  first place, Betty McNamara, Ferd Glover, Donnie Nichols, and Chris Carroll; second place, David Looker, Cindy Glover, Mike Murray, and Jim Poe; third place, Steve Dwyer, Mike Stackhouse, and Kara Sheeley.  Next to last was claimed by Jamie Henderson, Kathy Garvin, Larry Garvin and Josh Sater.
The Longest Putt was won by Ferd Glover (men) and Marsha Buckner (women). 
The Closest to pin on second shot was won by Jamie Henderson (men) and Chris Carroll (women).
The Closest to pin was won by Carl Buckner (men) and Danielle Stackhouse (women).
Closest to snaking line was won by Steve Adams (men) and Marsha Buckner (women).
Straightest drive was won by Bob Marchi (men) and Jamie Brandt (women).
The Benton County Cancer Fund helps any Benton County resident battling with cancer.  Last year each cancer patient received help with transportation, prescriptions, wigs and other needs.
Malachi Yoder was presented with a special Cancer Fighter Medal at the golf tournament by the Benton County Cancer group.  Malachi Yoder, the thirteen year old son of Barbara and Daniel Yoder, was diagnosed  with DIPG. (Dissfuse Intrisic Pontine Glioma).   Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is a brain tumor found in a part of the brain stem called the pons. The pons controls essential bodily functions such as heartbeat, breathing, swallowing, eye movement, eyesight, and balance.  DIPG affects children almost exclusively. Approximately 200-400 children in the United States are diagnosed with DIPG each year. These children are typically between the ages of 4 and 11. DIPG accounts for roughly 10-15% of all brain tumors in children.