After being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2010, Theresea Bennett knew she had to find a way to give back.
One glow-in-the-dark golf ball at a time, she’s doing just that by hosting the third-annual “Let’s ‘Glow Putt’ an End to Cancer” miniature golf tournament at The Oaks Miniature Golf course in Gainesville, benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Hall County. The event, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 22 is $30 for a team of four and $35 on the day of the event.
“We just kind of put it together about three years ago,” Bennett said. “The first one, it turned out pretty well and then we did it last year, and it was even better. So we’re excited to do it again this year.”
Let’s “Glow Putt” an End to Cancer
What: Glow-in-the-dark mini golf tournament benefiting the American Cancer Society
When: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 22
Where: The Oaks Miniature Golf, 3709 Whiting Road, Gainesville
How much: $30 in advance for a team of four, $35 on the day of the event
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All the lights will be turned off on the course and string lights will illuminate the way around. The holes will glow in the dark and so will the golf balls. After the tournament is over, there will be a silent auction featuring tickets to Zoo Atlanta, a Gwinnett Stripers baseball game, Six Flags Over Georgia and more.
The first year the event was hosted, it drew about 20 teams. Last year, there were 23 teams and the event raised more than $2,000.
Bennett is hoping to fill out the course this year with 27 teams.
“It’s a way to get families involved with a fun activity and not just asking them to donate money,” Bennett said. “They get something from being involved. And it also brings a lot of awareness. When we make up our goodie bags, we try to put information in there about getting checked early and preventing cancer and things to watch for and that kind of thing.”
Bennett had never been to a Relay for Life event before she was diagnosed in February 2010. But she hasn’t missed one since. She finished treatment in August of 2010 and said apart from her friends and family, the American Cancer Society helped her get through it.
“When I was diagnosed … I was kind of knocked off my feet,” Bennett said. “I met a patient navigator from the American Cancer Society who gave me all kinds of information.”
The society helped her through a lot of the questions she had and gave her a wig when she lost her hair during treatment.
“They were just there,” Bennett said. “I just felt like I wasn’t alone.”
That’s why she hosts the mini golf tournament. She wants others to feel like they aren’t alone either. And with the unique idea of a glow-in-the-dark mini golf tournament that raises funds for the American Cancer Society, she’s doing her part.
“It was something I had not seen in this area, so we just started playing with how we could put it together and what it would take,” Bennett said. “It’s been pretty amazing so far.”