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GAB: Cancer Society holding Tournament of Hope

DULUTH -- The American Cancer Society will host the sixth annual Tournament of Hope Golf Classic on April 30 at Berkeley Hills Country Club in Duluth. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer.

Tournament organizers seek teams and sponsors. A team of four -- which includes, lunch, golf and giveaways -- costs $1,750 for a Hope sponsorship and $2,500 for a Survivor sponsorship. Presenting sponsors are also welcomed as well as Cure sponsorships. Hole tributes are available for $500.

Registration for the tournament will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. April 30, with the Honoree Ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. The shotgun start will be at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Kevin McQuilken of the American Cancer Society at 770-814-0123, or email kevin.mcquilken@cancer.org.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Each month the Gwinnett Braves award a grant to a deserving organization in Gwinnett County or its surrounding communities. This month, the Collins Hill High School PTSA will receive $1,000 from the team to help prevent sudden cardiac death, stemming from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or an enlarged heart, in student athletes.

In 2007, the Collins Hill community suffered a tragic loss when a freshman football player died suddenly of an undetected aortic dissection of the heart. After the death, the high school's PTSA teamed up with Heart Screens for Teens, an organization dedicated to preventing death from HCM. The Gwinnett Braves $1,000 donation will enable 15 student athletes to be tested.

PTSA President Carol Ranft said she wants parents to have the chance for proper and affordable testing for their children.

"We want to make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children," Ranft said. "Many other high school PTSAs are now offering similar screenings."

HCM is the leading cause of SCD in teenagers, and it is 100 percent detectable. If untreated, however, the consequences are life-threatening. The goal of the Collins Hill High School PTSA is to promote early awareness. Getting a test by the Heart Screens for Teens organization can save a life.

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