Thursday, August 9, 2012
Contact: Renae McKinney
Every year the Walker Baptist Cancer Center golf tournament is held, it exceeds the expectations of administrator Deanna Bagwell. That's because Bagwell's expectations for the tournament didn't extend much beyond her hopes for the very first year the tournament was held. Now, 10 years later, it's a wonderful success for the Cancer Center and the community.
On April 13, Walker Baptist held its 10th annual Cancer Center golf tournament at Musgrove Country Club in Jasper, with 22 teams and 88 golfers competing in the event.
"When we had the very first tournament, I never realized that we would be able to create enough steam behind it to carry it for 10 years. I thought it might just be a one-time event," Bagwell says. "We're thrilled that we have been able to keep it going this long."
This year's tournament raised approximately $9,000, which Bagwell hopes to use to purchase wheelchairs to help transport patients from one treatment area to another more easily. Last year the hospital used funds from the tournament to purchase a $5,000 blanket warmer for cancer patients.
"The blanket is a wonderful comfort to a cancer patient who is here several hours for an infusion," Bagwell says. "They get cold and have chills sometimes. To have a warm blanket to put on them is just wonderful."
Funds from the event also are used to help uninsured patients purchase prescriptions and medical equipment. Gas cards also are offered to lower-income patients in order to defray the cost of traveling to and from the clinic.
Bagwell says a number of sponsors and golfers have participated in all 10 of the tournaments. The business sponsors who have contributed each year are: Jim-N-Nicks, Duskin Point Marina, Southern Orthopedics, Drummond Company, J. L. Morgan & Associates, New Beacon Hospice, Scott Crump Toyota, MedFusion Specialty Pharmacy, Dot Decimal and Walker Medical Diagnostics.
Individuals who have participated every year include Tommy Bagwell, Terry Bagwell, Tim Bagwell, Brian Bagwell, Dr. Larry Baker, Greg Benefield, Daniel Mayfield, Chip Mullinax, Dr. B.E. Richardson, Bob Swinney, Randy Sumner, Rick Sumner, James Wade, Rick Wade and Dr. Jan Westerman. Special thanks goes to Phil Green, the golf pro at Musgrove, who sees that everything runs smoothly with the tournament every year.
|Pictured above: Dr. John Crump, Dr. Eric Wouters, Scott Fenn, Dr. Kyle Eaton