By Kelly Collins
The RDM golf tournament is a fundraiser in memory of my dad, Randy D. Melvin, who passed away in April 2013 from a Glioblastoma Brain Tumor. All proceeds from the tournaments have gone to Duke University to support brain cancer research. Glioblastomas are the most aggressive and deadly form of brain cancer. The median survival rate for a glioblastoma patient who is treated with chemotherapy and radiation is 14.6 months. With only 30 % of patients surviving two years and less than 10% will survive five years. Treatment is very difficult because these types of tumors contain so many types of cells and reproduce so quickly. There is no known cause for these tumors.
My dad was an avid golfer and spent most of his time golfing, boating and spending time with his grandchildren. This tournament was his idea, as a way that our family can help other families who are affected by this terrible disease. We are in our third year of the tournament and have donated almost $30,000 to Duke for their research.
The tournament will once again take place at Sanctuary Golf Course on Cat Island in Beaufort. The event is Saturday, April 2nd,2016. It is a Four Man Scramble format and our shotgun start is at 12 noon. The cost is $100.00 per golfer which includes a box lunch, golf, cocktail party and dinner. The cocktail party begins at 5:00 p.m. with a silent auction and raffle items and well as live entertainment. Dinner is being catered by Boundary Street Café and Mark Bonds will be playing during the cocktail party. If you are not a golfer you can still enjoy the fun and attend the cocktail party for $25.00 per person.
To sign up for the tournament, or to donate silent auction items, please contact me, Kelly, at 843-321-2293.
Kelly has been a Beaufort resident since 1997. Her parents are both originally from Beaufort, so she decided to relocate here after teaching elementary school in Memphis, TN. She has been a fitness instructor at Wardle Family YMCA for over 17 years and has now started her personal training certification. Kelly also works in retail at “It’s Retail Therapy” on Carteret Street. She has three children, Peyton, Colton and Sadie Grace who attend Riverview Charter School.