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Cindy Hite Memorial raises $22,000-plus for cancer patients
SoVaNow.com / October 30, 2013
Thirty-four teams of golfers turned out at Kinderton Country Club Friday to raise money for the Mecklenburg County Cancer Association in honor the late Cindy Hite, who lost her battle with breast cancer a year ago, just days before her birthday.
Carole Blair, who along with her husband John spearheaded the tournament, expressed the hope that the Cindy Blair Memorial will become an annual event.
Among the golfers was Lane Hite, son of Dale and the late Cindy Hite, now living in northern Virginia. Lane, who played collegiate golf at Radford University prior to graduation, brought along former teammates with the 2011 Radford University squad that finished fifth in the Big South Golf Championship. So it was no surprise to the other golfers when the Radford players (minus Lane, who teamed up with father Dale) posted the low gross score of the day — a team-best 57, which is 14 under par.
The day ended with an auction and party at The Lamplighter Restaurant with music by JB and the Get Down Browns. Leslie Wood, manager of The Lamplighter, called the turnout humbling and amazing. “[Friday] night, we witnessed first hand the deep rooted goodwill this community is made of, and we are so proud to have been included in such a great event,” she said.
With receipts still being counted, Blair said the donation to the Mecklenburg County Cancer Association has risen to $22,150.
The mission of the Mecklenburg County Cancer Association is to financially assist cancer patients within Mecklenburg County in their efforts to combat cancer. It was founded in 2006 by Wendell Watterson, himself a cancer survivor.
During his frequent trips for cancer treatments, Watterson would strike up conversations with other cancer patients. Through these talks, Watterson saw the terrible financial burden suffered by those fighting this disease. He also learned that the area did not have any organization dedicated to providing assistance to cancer patients. As a result the Mecklenburg County Cancer Association was born, where 100 percent of its proceeds staying here in the county.
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