Annual fishing tournament benefits Lufkin cancer patients

Annual fishing tournament benefits Lufkin cancer patients
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The 23rd annual Dr. Bill Shelton's Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure is making it possible for hundreds of East Texans to afford their cancer treatments and more.

"They've just done everything they can to help me," Donald Howard, A cancer patient said.

Last month Howard was diagnosed with brain and lung cancer. The news came as a complete shock to Howard, who admits to being fearful at first.

"It was something I had to face and I just made my mind up to face it and take care of it and do whatever I can to stay alive," Howard said.

However, there was a finical bump in the road.

"I was kind of worried because I didn't have any money," Howard said.

Thanks to the fishing tournament he was able to do more than he ever expected.

"I was very worried about how I was going to pay for this," Howard said referring to his daily treatments.  "Am I just going to go home, lay down and just give up? No, I didn't because they give me hope."

Proceeds from the tournament benefits patients in need of financial assistance at CHI Saint Luke's Health Temple Cancer Center.

"Everything that is donated is greatly appreciated and needed, there are a lot of people in my position," Howard said.

23 years of people fishing for a purpose has made it easier for Howard and many others survive.

"If it wasn't for the gas card I'd have a real hard time coming up with the money to get to and from my treatments," Howard said.

If you'd like to fish for the cause, you can register online until Friday and in person on Saturday morning before the tournament.

The fishing tournament kicks off on March 19, 2016 at Cassels-Boykin Park.

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