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Candlelighters For Children With Cancer benefits from Golf to Give Challenge

The third-annual Golf to Give Challenge will be held Friday, Aug. 16, at Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Mark Whitton encourages his daughter, Sarah, to recover from cancer at Randall Children's Hospital after she was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma in October 2014.In 2017, 84 golfers and sponsoring organizations raised about $18,000 for a nonprofit organization that provides support to over a thousand families affected by childhood cancer in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

At the second tournament, there was a similar level of participation and donation amount to Candlelighters for Children With Cancer.

"Thanks to both our loyal participants and our loyal sponsors, we've already exceeded last year's participants with over 100 people signed up this year, and we are on track to exceed last year's giving total," said tourney co-organizer Darren Youngsma.

As in past years, if you get a hole-in-one on the featured par 3, you get a $10,000 cash prize, paid for by the tournament insurance policy. Other games for participants include a closest-to-the-pin contest, putting contest and a Happy Gilmore driving-range competition in which you start at least 5 feet from the ball.

Candlelighters recently celebrated a local success story. Mark Whitton's daughter, Sarah, was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma in October 2014 at age 7. Whitton was sitting in a Happy Valley bar called Valley Growlers (the unofficial office for the golf tournament) when he overheard Youngsma suggest Candlelighters as a possible charity. Whitton told Youngsma that Candlelighters was instrumental in helping his family when his daughter was fighting childhood cancer.

For more information about the tournament and to sign up, visit golftogive.com.


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