New golf tournament to raise money for brain cancer awareness

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The Randy Melvin Memorial Golf Tournament will be held in memory of Kelly Collins’ father, Randolph duBignon Melvin, who passed away from a Glioblastoma Brain Tumor on April 12, 2013. All of the money raised will go to brain cancer awareness.

The tournament will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Cat Island Sanctuary Golf Club. It is a four man scramble and the entry fee is $100 per player. This fee includes golf, beer and wine and lunch.

Kelly says, “We are accepting donations and checks can be made payable to the Randolph duBignon Melvin Memorial Fund, but we also can accept payment via credit card.”

There will be a silent auction, raffle items and a cocktail party at 2 p.m. following the golf tournament to be held at the Cat Island clubhouse. There is a $25 fee and cash bar for non-golfers.

Kelly said, “My dad was born in Waycross, Georgia, and moved to Beaufort when he was 8 years old. He was a graduate of Beaufort High and Belmont Abbey College. He served as a United States Secret Service agent for 28 years serving several presidents and foreign dignitaries. He also worked counterfeit and credit card fraud. He retired as the head of secret service for the state of South Carolina in Columbia to further his law enforcement career in Brunswick, Georgia, at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. He permanently retired in 2010 and spent the majority of his time after retirement with his grandchildren or on the golf course.”

A few facts about Glioblastoma Brain Tumors:

• The median survival rate for patients diagnosed with GBM who are treated with chemotherapy and radiation is 14.6 months. Less than 30 percent of patients will survive two years and only 10 percent of patients will survive five years.

• There is no known cause for Glioblastoma brain tumors.

• The (GBM) tumors typically form and tend to make their presence known quickly. They grow rapidly and aggressively and even with removal via brain surgery they tend to grow back quickly and with a vengeance.

• These tumors tend to increase with frequency of age and are more common in men than women but can even effect small children.

For more information, please contact Kelly Collins at 843-321-2293 or by email at kellymelvincollins@gmail.com. Donations or entry forms can be mailed to 3 Oxeye Lane, Beaufort, SC, 29907.