The Take a Swing at Cancer golf tournament is held annualy at Old Waverly. Proceeds benefit local people who are undergoing cancer treatment.
Proceeds from TASAC go to NMMC Cancer Care Fund. This fund provides more than $210,000 annually to NMMC patients in the 32-county service area of North Mississippi. This fund was created to lighten the load for many cancer patients who cannot otherwise afford necessary supplies, pain medication and nutritional supplements or travel expenses for treatment.
In 1995 a group of four female golfers, two of whom were cancer survivors recognized economic problems plaguing numerous cancer patients. While getting their own treatment, they witnessed many patients being overwhelmed by their experience so this group of avid golfers developed TASAC Benefit Golf Tournament.
Sunday & Monday tournaments at Old Waverly
North Mississippi Medical Center
The Welcome Reception and Vendor Village was a new addition to this year's tournament. It was a great opportunity to network and celebrate the start of the 24th annual tournament.
North Mississippi Medical Center
North Mississippi Medical Center
On Monday, NMMC-West Point dedicated the Kitty Bryan Dill Breast Care Suite, featuring Hologic 3D Mammography™ technology that produces exceptionally sharp images to help find breast cancers earlier, see lesions more clearly and reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies.
"This is the most incredible and exciting news for West Point, the Golden Triangle and North Mississippi!” says Mary Margaret Case of Oxford, daughter of Kitty Bryan Dill. “My mother was 42 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she died on October 11, 1990, at the young age of 48. Early detection might have played a vital role in her living a longer life.” She was 21 years old when her mother died—her brother Ken was 19, and sisters Sarah Catherine and Caroline were 16 and 14, respectively. Their father, Kenny Dill, was serving as mayor of West Point at the time.
This new technology is proven to detect an average of 41% more invasive breast cancers compared to two-dimensional images alone. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved it as superior for women with dense breasts compared to 2D alone. The technology also allows physicians to recall prior breast imaging studies so that they can be compared to the new images side-by-side, making it easier to look for changes from study to study.
“I welcome the opportunity for the women of our community to have convenient access to the most up-to-date technology offered for breast imaging,” said Phyllis Mason, M.D., medical director of NMMC-West Point Radiology Department. “The exam is not significantly more involved than the previous mammogram exams, only about three seconds longer, and no additional compression is required to obtain the more detailed three-dimensional breast images.”
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. Currently, the average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 12%, which means there is a one in eight chance she will develop breast cancer. “Improved screening tests and treatment techniques are saving lives, and the women in West Point and surrounding areas are going to benefit greatly from this amazing new machine,” Case said.
The new equipment’s rapid scan time makes the process comfortable for the patient while also limiting radiation exposure. The suite also includes ultrasound equipment so that it is more convenient for patients who require additional testing.
The new Breast Care Suite was funded in part through donations to the Health Care Foundation’s Kitty Bryan Dill Fund and NMMC-West Point employee donors.
Dill’s younger brother, George Bryan, said his sister remained active in her community throughout her valiant battle against breast cancer. “She fought it really hard,” Bryan said. “She was a very special person—she got a lot of her traits from our mother. She was an inspiration to all of us.”
The Kitty Bryan Dill Fund was established by her family several years ago as part of the Take a Swing at Cancer golf tournament. Both Case and Bryan have served on the Health Care Foundation board for many years and are heavily involved with planning the golf tournament, proceeds of which benefit the foundation’s Cancer Care Fund. “Even when Marcia and I were living in Memphis, we came several times for the Take a Swing at Cancer tournament,” Bryan said. “Nobody had any idea it would grow to the size it is now. It’s an event we look forward to every year.”
“In 2015 we added a Corks and Canvas event on the Sunday of the tournament for golfers or their spouses. It quickly became very popular,” Case said. “We did an event on Sunday for several years, and all the proceeds went into the Kitty Bryan Dill Fund. Our donation for the Breast Care Suite is a result of all those fundraisers. This is a great memory of her for our family.”
“I would like to thank the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi and the board of directors of NMMC-West Point for helping us acquire this equipment,” said Helen Copeland, director of Radiology. “This technology allows the breast tissue to be seen in more detail and has been shown to detect irregularities that were obscured in the previous two-dimensional mammograms.”
Dill’s family knows she would be grateful for the Breast Care Suite named in her honor. “My mother was a very curious educator who loved science and science experiments. When she was diagnosed with cancer and during the five years that she lived with cancer, she was passionate about searching for the newest and best treatments to prolong her life,” Case said. “She wanted to live! How thrilled she would be to know that her beloved hometown of West Point is home to this most incredible machine that could save so many lives.” #ConnectNMMC
2019 Take a Swing Old Waverly Afternoon Flight
2019 Take a Swing Old Waverly Morning Flight
2019 Take a Swing Mossy Oak Afternoon Teams
Take a Swing at Cancer Mossy Oak Morning Flight
It's almost time! Come ready to plan your next vacation - we have a great variety of vacation stays ready for the live and silent auction!
Take a Swing is this weekend! Everyone take a sneak peek at a few of the live and silent auction items that will be available.
Join us this year for a welcome reception, which will feature a Bloody Mary bar, hors d'oeuvres, and an opportunity to network and celebrate the start of the 24th annual Take a Swing at Cancer golf tournament. Steven Blaylock Davis Bond Becky-Tj Adams
The Take a Swing at Cancer planning committee got together this week to continue working toward a great event! Thank you to our committee for your efforts - we are excited about what this year brings!
Take A Swing at Cancer's cover photo
Mark your calendars for the 2019 tournament!
Special thanks to Patrick Fain, an Information Technology specialist with NMMC Cancer Care, for shuttling attendees at the WTVA Senior Life Fair to and from their vehicles and the BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo. #ConnectNMMC #NMMCCancerCare #TakeASwingAtCancer #HealthCareFoundationofNorthMississippi
Charity tournament breaks record for cancer patients
(Via Daily Journal)
djournal.com The annual Take a Swing at Cancer Golf Tournament broke records this year, raising $195,000 to assist cancer patients in need.
[05/21/18] I'm very excited to announce that this year's event raised a total of $195,000! Great work everyone, and thank you again to everyone who was involved.
[05/14/18] Thank you to all our sponsors, volunteers, donors and everyone who participated in the Take a Swing at Cancer weekend. It was a huge success and your participation has made a difference to cancer patients in our area. Mark your calendars now to join us for the 23rd annual event May 5-6, 2019.
A few photos from the afternoon flight of the 2018 Take a Swing at Cancer Benefit Golf Tournament at Old Waverly
Dr. C.K. "Dick" White and others welcomed the golfers to Old Waverly for the morning session of the 2018 Take a Swing at Cancer Benefit Golf and Tennis Tournament.
Participants in Monday's portion of the 2018 Take a Swing at Cancer benefit tennis tournament at Old Waverly near West Point.
Participants in Sunday's portion of the 2018 Take a Swing at Cancer benefit tennis tournament at Old Waverly near West Point, Miss.
Scenes from Sunday's portion of the 2018 Take a Swing at Cancer benefit tennis tournament.
Old Waverly photos from Monday's 4-man scramble.
Four Person Scramble, Old Waverly Golf Club, Morning and Afternoon Teams
Golfers enjoyed morning and afternoon rounds of golf at Old Waverly and Mossy Oak during the 2018 Take a Swing at Cancer benefit golf tournament. Here are a few photos that show the quiet beauty of the Old Waverly Course.
Just a few things that caught our eye during the 2018 tournament.
Photos of some of the attendees at the 2018 Take a Swing at Cancer Benefit Golf and Tennis Tournament gala at Old Waverly.
Mossy Oak 4-Man Scramble
Monday, May 7
The 2018 Take a Swing at Cancer Tournament kicked off with Uncork Your Talent. Scott Reed, owner of Petal Pushers in West Point, talked about his experience on the design team that decorated the White House for Christmas. He also did a floral presentation, and each guest received a commemorative Christmas ornament.
Thank you to Drs. Sam and Mary Pace for donating this golf getaway for 8 for the silent auction!
Attention duck hunters: Check out this Tallahatchie Duck Hunt for 4 that will be available as part of the silent auction at the Patrons & Sponsors Gala.
Come to the silent auction ready to bid on wonderful vacations like this one in WaterColor, Florida.
This is just one of the amazing items that will be available at the live auction!
This is just one of the fabulous items that will be available at this year's silent auction, which will be held as part of the gala on May 6.
This Clemson University (2017 National Champions) football, autographed by Coach Dabo Swinney, will be at the silent auction as part of the Patrons and Sponsors Gala on May 6.
Gene Nobles (left) is holding a Browning Sweet 16* This beautiful shotgun will be raffled off on May 6. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased by calling (662) 377-3613.
Louis Marascalco (center) is holding a Browning Citori Micro-Midas 20 and will be featured in the May 6 silent auction.
Shane Spees (right) is holding the Ultimate Upland Shotgun, the Browning Citori 725 Feather. This awesome shotgun will be sold to the highest bidder in the live auction May 6.
[03/30/18] Stuart Burleson you're our winner this week! Call (662) 377-3613 on Monday to make arrangements to get your shirt. Thank you! Everyone have a wonderful Easter weekend.
Be sure to make your Gala reservations early this year!
Dr. Barney Guyton, 2017 Honorary Chairman, is holding the 12 Gauge Browning A5 Wicked Wing in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades.
Dr. Buddy Williamson is holding the 12 Gauge Browning Maxus Wicked Wing in Mossy Oak Bottom Land.
Both of these beautiful shotguns will be on the auction block at the Gala on Sunday, May 6 at 6:30 PM.
It's Monday and time for our last weekly giveaway! Like and share this post - as well as like this *page* and you'll be entered into a random drawing for this awesome Old Waverly golf shirt! Winner will be announced Friday.
Your Take a Swing at Cancer planning committee met yesterday to continue working on planning our best event yet! Thank you to all these hard-working individuals for your passion and commitment to this cause.
Keven Barber you're our winner this week! Call (662) 377-3613 to make arrangements to pick up your shirt!
Everyone check back here Monday for our last weekly giveaway, and have a great weekend!
Be sure to reserve your spot at the Patrons & Sponsors Gala this year!
For more than 35 years, gastroenterologist Dr. Barney Guyton of
Tupelo was an expert at giving biopsy results – including cancer diagnoses. Then, in 2016, he learned what it was like to be on
the receiving end of those results.
“I had some hoarseness for a year or so and had it checked,
but nothing showed up,” Guyton said. “I went on an annual golf trip with several other men, including one who had never been
on the trip before who happened to be a thoracic surgeon.”
The surgeon, Dr. Vishal Sachdev, asked Guyton about his hoarseness. “I told him I had it checked before, but he told me I needed a chest CT scan,” Guyton said.
They returned from their golf trip on Sunday, and Monday morning Sachdev called Guyton to tell him he had an appointment for a CT scan that afternoon.
“The scan showed a mass in my chest close to my
vocal cords,” Guyton said. “He (Sachdev) did a scope
to biopsy the mass, and then gave me a diagnosis of
Within two weeks, Guyton started chemotherapy
treatments at NMMMC Hematology and Oncology. After six rounds, he had a PET scan which showed no evidence of cancer. A year later, his scans are still clear.
Guyton has been involved in and a supporter of Take a Swing at Cancer for many years. “I always looked at it as one of the most fun weekend trips,” Guyton said. “You get to see people you don’t normally see, play golf and have fun while supporting a great cause. Now I realize more than ever how important the work we do is. I was fortunate and didn’t have a lot of complications of my cancer treatment. But being in the waiting room, I saw the need closer than I ever had before. You know
when you give a cancer diagnosis that it’s going to be
tough for those patients, but my perspective is different
Dr. Guyton says he is looking forward to another record-breaking year with Take a Swing at Cancer.
“I so appreciate the cooperation and efforts of every single person who participates, and I look forward to being able to let them know what their participation means to me and cancer patients across north Mississippi.”
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