ODESSA, Texas (FOX 24) – It’s a big event for a good cause. We here at Fox 24 News are gearing up for the 4th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament, benefitting the American Cancer Society.
We are also bringing some friends along for the fun. Dallas Cowboys legends, Drew Pearson, Ed “Too Tall” Jones and Danny White are ready to tee off in Midland this week. All of the proceeds will benefit the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Darrell Golden is the Senior Development Manager at the American Cancer Society and like so many, he was directly impacted by cancer.
“My grandfather, he passed from cancer,” said Golden.
This year alone, the American Cancer Society says there will be an estimated 1.8 million new cancer cases and more than 600,000 cancer deaths.
Leslie Kitto is the Executive Director of the American Cancer Society for the Texas/New Mexico area and she says the fight against cancer has come a long way.
“When I first started, cancer patients didn’t survive like they do now. The cancer survivor rate for at least breast cancer is 99 percent,” said Kitto.
She also talked about the services.
“What’s so great about the American Cancer Society is that we do have local services and they are key to a lot of people being able to get to treatment,” said Kitto.”We work with some local hospitals to make sure that patients who have lost their hair have wigs and the ability to kind of feel like they did before they had their cancer diagnosis.”
The money raised will also go to help fund research.
“Research is extremely critical,” said Kitto. “It’s going to take a village to cure this disease.”
As for Golden, he’s grateful to be working for the nonprofit.
“It’s rewarding, it’s very rewarding,” said Golden.
He grew up in Odessa and knows people in the Basin stick together.
“West Texas always helps West Texas,” said Golden.
“These survivors are able to go back home and they’re able to have more birthdays. they’re able to spend more time with their families. It means the world to them because they’re able to live,” said Kitto.
The big event will take place at Hogan Golf Park on Thursday, April 22nd of 2021.