By Karen Kin
Golfers will tee off Sept. 15 at the fifth annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Tour to show their support for prostate cancer awareness.
The tour, to take place at Clinton Heights Golf Course, is an effort to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Awareness Fund, said Mike Reser, prostate cancer survivor and founder of the fund. Reser said he and his children started the fund after his diagnosis and treatment, in an effort to raise awareness and share information about an issue he said "guys don't really talk about."
The tour is an 18-hole scramble at Clinton Heights that usually draws 100 golfers, and Reser said participants are mostly from local areas, but some golfers travel from as far away as Cincinnati to play in the tour.
"The community is really supportive, he said.
Playing in the tour is $40 per person, and includes a golf cart, participation in prizes and raffles and a lunch at the conclusion of the tournament. Reser said Clinton Heights has been accommodating each year when hosting the event.
Reser said in addition to participating as a golfer, anyone wanting to support the cause can get involved in a variety of other ways. The tour, he said, seeks support from businesses and members of the community to be hole sponsors, and for the donation of raffle items and door prizes.
Area businesses and individuals have provided enough donations that, Reser said, "every golfer participating receives a door prize."
Reser said after four years of the tour, the Prostate Cancer Awareness Fund now holds about $13,000, which is "the nest egg" the fund's advisory committee was hoping to build before starting an awareness campaign.
That campaign now is in the planning stages, and Reser said the committee is seeking to work with Mercy Tiffin Hospital on efforts "to promote awareness of testing and treatment" for prostate cancer. Because the Tiffin Charitable Foundation is the custodian of the PCA fund, Reser said money spent is required to go to a charitable organization, and upcoming promotional efforts with Mercy Tiffin may include advertising or subsidized cancer screenings.
Registration for the PCA Tour, Reser said, begins at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 15 with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Golfers also can register in advance by emailing email@example.com.