Putt-Putt Tourney to Help Seven-Year-Old Cancer Patient

Katie on the course.
Katie on the course.

Fighting cancer is tough. Perhaps the only thing tougher is watching your child battle the sometimes deadly disease. Katie NeSmith of Statesboro enjoys games as much as any other seven-year-old. At that age, she knows more about cancer than any child should. Now her mother is trying to make ends meet and care for her child, and you can help.

"We're up at the hospital a lot and Katie's chemo is tough the second time around, so I think she's the strongest one of all of us," Susie NeSmith said.

Katie was diagnosed in October of last year with a Wilm's tumor that cost her one of her kidneys. After months of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, Katie was cancer free and in remission for months, then in September, doctors found another tumor.

Now folks from the Champion Memorial Fund, GSU's cheerleaders and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity are hosting a putt-putt tournament at Hacker's Fun Park. Organizers say two days of fun and games could help a single-parent family make ends meet through tragedy.

"The mother's going to have to be out of work several months while Katie's undergoing chemotherapy and radiation," said Steve Champion of the Memorial Fund. "We felt we needed to step up to the plate and help one of our own."

The best ball tournament will offer trophies as well as raffle and door prizes. But Champion says the best prize is knowing you helped someone so young. If you'd like to participate, the tournament will be Saturday, November 22 from 10am to 7pm, and Sunday, November 23 from 12pm to 6pm. Two-person teams for best ball will be $20, with three flights: men's women's and juniors. For more information, contact Steve Champion at 764-3763, Patti Clark George at 764-5446, or Ashley McCranie at 682-6809.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com