Organizers encourage people to get bone marrow donor test
© Dave Mathieson - The Amherst News
Terry ‘Moosie' Lorette Memorial Golf Tournament co-chairs Terry ‘Mouser' McManaman (right) and Vince Arbing thank Cayne Amos (centre) of Archway Insurance for sponsoring the $5,000 hole-in-one prize on the Hole No. 9 this Saturday at Bacon's Par 3 Golf Course in Upper Nappan.
UPPER NAPPAN - Terry ‘Moosie' Lorette passed away from cancer in 2003 and the memorial golf tournament bearing his name is still going strong.
"This year we hope to have 27 teams of four," said Terry ‘Mouser' McManaman, co-chair of the event. "It's unbelievable the number of events that happen every weekend in Cumberland County, so it's good to get 27 teams."
Saturday's tournament has three draws. A group goes out at 9 a.m., one at 12 p.m., and one at 3 p.m.
"It's more about guys coming out and remembering Moosie and having some laughs, so any money we raise is a bonus," said McManaman.
Money raised at the tournament goes to the Cumberland County Palliative Care Unit.
"Over the years, in total, we've raised about $20,000 for the Cumberland Palliative Care Unit," said McManaman.
"When Moosie was fighting cancer the Cumberland Palliative Care Unit was very good to him and his family," added McManaman. "That's why the proceeds go to them and, over the years, they've purchased various things to help others be comfortable during that difficult time."
Amherst's Rod Wilson is currently in a battle with cancer and needs a bone marrow transplant.
"People 17 to 35-years of age can be a bone marrow donor and we encourage people in our area to go out (and get tested) to see if there is a donor in our area that will match up with him," said McManaman.
To become a donor go to www.onematch.ca or call 1-888-2DONATE.
They will mail a mouth swab kit to your home and you return it by mail.
"Committee members of the tournament encourage people to get out and get tested for a match," said McManaman.