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Golf tournament held in memory of Henderson

By Staff | Aug 4, 2010

A golf tournament held in memory of a beloved local golfer is to take place at St. Marys Golf Course on Aug. 28 and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the National Foundation for Cancer Research.

Named “The Gary ‘Oscar’ Henderson Memorial Golf Tournament,” the event will commemorate a retired educator and golf enthusiast who passed away from cancer approximately two years ago. Though he was given the nickname “Oscar” due to his sometimes grouchy demeanor, he was admired by many.

“He was a very generous man,” said Jim Ankrom, director of the tournament and close friend of Henderson. “He never hesitated to provide golf equipment, clothes, food-you name it-to a kid in need, and he even donated his body to the West Virginia University Hospital for research. We wanted to do something to honor his life and help find a cure for those still fighting, which NFCR is doing through their groundbreaking research.”

The day will include a four-person scramble style golf tournament, an on-course contest with prizes, breakfast and an after-tournament meal.

Cost of entry is $200 per team. For more information or to register, call St. Marys Golf Course at 304-684-3557.

The National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) is a leading cancer research charity dedicated to funding cancer research and public education relating to cancer prevention, earlier diagnosis, better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for cancer. NFCR promotes and facilitates collaboration among scientists to accelerate the pace of discovery from bench to bedside.

Since 1973, NFCR has provided over $275 million in support of discovery-oriented cancer research focused on understanding how and why cells become cancerous, and on public education relating to cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. NFCR’s scientists are discovering cancer’s molecular mysteries and translating these discoveries into therapies that hold the hope for curing cancer. For more information, please visit www.NFCR.org.