2nd annual golf tournament planned for Mint Hill resident
by Alan Hodge
On Thursday, March 29, friends and neighbors will hit the links at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation in Mint Hill once again for the second annual Chad’s Journey to the Moon golf tournament.
Last year’s inaugural event was held to benefit 43-year-old Chad Cunningham who lives in Mint Hill’s Olde Sycamore development with his wife, Emily, and their sons, 5-year-old Will and 2-year-old Ian.
Chad was diagnosed in 2009 with Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as ALS. The disease affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. ALS causes symptoms such as muscle weakness, as well as problems breathing and speaking. The disease is progressive and degenerative.
The medical treatments for Chad’s ALS have taken the Cunninghams to places as far away as Seoul, South Korea, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico and Houston, Texas.
Since last year, Chad’s condition has been in a holding pattern.
“The treatments have slowed things down a bit,” Emily said.
The treatments are costly and include stem cell replacement therapy. Chad’s health insurance doesn’t cover many of the expenses, especially those associated with travel.
The Cunningham’s neighbor, Dawn Covington, is tournament organizer again this year.
“Hosting the golf tournament for the second year was a no brainer,” Covington said. “We recognize that the money raised last year covered only one of their visits to Mexico for stem cell treatment. We love the Cunningham family and want to do everything we can to help them.”
Emily is hoping for another big tournament turnout.
“Last year’s tournament was an overwhelming success,” she said. “We are looking for a perfect day this year as well. The community does an outstanding job and puts so much work into the event.”
The tournament is an 18-hole, four-man scramble with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. There will be contests for the longest drive as well as closest to the pin. There also will be prizes and raffles. Cost is $100 per player including greens fee, cart usage, range balls, breakfast and a luncheon after the tournament. Hole sponsorships are available and players can sign up individually or as a team.
Want to help?
Tournament players are still needed.
For more information, visit www.chadsjourney.com or call Dawn Covington at 704-516-4294.