Huntsville Golf Tournament
This past October, Vicki Barrilleaux, Coordinator of the Voices of Huntsville Volunteer Chapter in Texas, helped host a fundraising and colon cancer awareness golf tournament along with her friend and co-worker, Brent Herrington, who is new to the cause.
Barrilleaux was diagnosed with colorectal cancer six years ago. Immediately concerned about her family, she discussed the issue with her two sons and her sister. Resistant to undergoing screening tests, her sister insisted she was fine. Just over two years after Vicki's diagnosis, her sister was diagnosed with CRC and passed away just months later.
Inspired by Vicki's story and another friend who is a colon cancer survivor, Brent Herrington decided to organize the charity tournament. Herrington pulled off the event in two months advertising through the CCA and Sam Houston State University, where Barrilleaux and Herrington both were employed at the time.
Barrilleaux and Herrington were able to collect enough funds prior to the event to pay for the cost. "In the past, all I have been able to do is 'Wear Denim to Work' as a fundraiser," said Barrilleaux, who was excited to have Herrington's help for the event. "I do hope to have other fundraisers as an awareness campaign in March," she added.
"Brent did a tremendous job. The golf pro [who attended] stated that this was the best executed tournament he had ever had at his course," said Barrilleaux.
Having been through so much with her family in the past few years, Barrilleaux was grateful to lend her voice to CRC awareness that day. "It was really special that my whole family was able to participate -- my sons were able to be there with my husband -- it was special to just to share in that," concluded Barrilleaux.
A special thank you goes out to Keith Jenkins for recruiting people and promoting the event.