Cancer tournament hits close to home

Hannah Morton
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AMHERST - Like too many people, Mark McIntyre knows what it is like to face cancer. In 2005 McIntyre went to see his doctor about a health issue.
An MRI scan later revealed several cancerous tumors in his bladder.
Lucky for him, McIntyre had the tumors removed and now only has one year left of regular testing before his doctor will issue him a clean bill of health.
"I'm very lucky they found it when they did," said McIntyre.
McIntyre was one of many people taking part in the 4th Annual Dooly's Giving Hope to Cancer tournament, held at the Amherst Golf Club over the weekend.
With the recent passing of two young, well-known and loved Amherstonians, Jim McInnis and Tim LeFurgey, who both died of cancer, this year the tournament is especially hitting close to home.
"I'm really impressed with the success of this tournament and others this weekend," said Rod Wilson, manager of Amherst Dooly's.
"There were at least three different fundraisers happening this weekend that were all so well attended. The generosity of the people in our town never ceases to amaze me.
"It is with kind of generosity that we can bring about change."
Over the past three years, the tournament has raised nearly $30,000 for the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute, the largest research centre in Atlantic Canada. This year's tournament raised $9,000 for the institute.
The privately funded organization relies heavily on donations and sponsors, as well as government contributions.
The Amherst Insurance and Troy Dowe's team were tied at 11-under par, so they had a draw which Amherst Insurance won.
The Amherst Insurance team won four Nike Golf bags for coming in first place.
A pool table shootout raised almost $900.
Bruce Ferguson won the pool shootout, winning a $1,400 prize package for a Molson box seat party at the Metro Centre in Halifax.
There was another draw for a second Molson box seat party at the Halifax Metro Centre which was won by Bobby Maclean's team.
And I-pods were won by several competitors.
Because the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute is privately funded, provincial and federal governments match funds raised by a multiple of four.
"That means the $9,000 raised was turned into a $36,000 donation," Wilson said. "So that's quite a day."

Organizations: Amherst Insurance, Atlantic Cancer Research Institute, Amherst Golf Club Molson Metro Centre

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada

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