Fishin’ For Jamie raises $27,000 for skin cancer research and treatment at the LCRP
Nov 16, 2016
The group – founded to honor the life of skin cancer victim Jamie Fulcher – has raised more than $128,000 during the last seven years
The skin cancer program at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion has received a record-breaking boost from the Fishin’ For Jamie organization.
This year the group’s annual fishing tournament, golf tournament and fund-raiser netted $27,000 to fight skin cancer at the Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion (LCRP). That brings their eight-year total donation to more than $128,000.
“This event has become so significant in the community that it not only brings in significant philanthropic support, but raises awareness of the dangers of skin cancer,” said H.A. Zaren, medical director of the LCRP. “Fishin’ For Jamie has been a huge boost to our efforts to treat deadly melanoma and make sure people get screen with our mole mapping technology.”
Fishin’ For Jamie was created by a group of friends of Jamie Fulcher, who died from melanoma. During his treatment, Fulcher had to leave Savannah. His friends wanted to make sure others didn’t have to.
“As long as we can help somebody and as long as Jamie knows he’s helping somebody, we’re going to keep doing it,” said Chris Caldwell, one of the event’s organizers. “This year was excellent. We had a bigger turnout than we’ve ever had and raised more money than we ever have. We added a Poker Run which brought in more participants. The fisherman and their families love it so much. It’s not just a fishing tournament and a fundraiser, it’s a lot of fun. There’s great food, raffles, and bouncy houses and waterslides for the kids.”
At the LCRP, there is no need to leave to get the latest skin cancer treatments, in part because of the help from Fishin’ For Jamie. The LCRP offers the latest technology, such as mole mapping, and melanoma clinical trials.