Tennis tournament raises funds for Proton Treatment Center
Former proton patient Don Clothier and his wife, Chris, prepare to receive a serve from fellow former proton patient Harold Waggoner.
On July 5, 13 tennis players gathered for the first-ever tennis tournament benefitting the Loma Linda University Medical Center’s Proton Treatment Center. The players each paid $100 to participate in the tournament, driven by five former proton patients who wanted to celebrate their successful cancer treatments.
Don Clothier, from Honolulu, Hawaii, organized the tournament mostly by e-mail. He and his wife, Chris, spent nine weeks in 2005 at Loma Linda as he underwent proton treatment for prostate cancer. During his treatment time they spent each morning playing tennis. It was during tennis at Drayson Center that he met several other tennis enthusiasts.
Upon the anniversary of his proton treatments, he contacted several of them for the two-day tennis rally benefitting the Proton Treatment Center. By the end of the tournament, the group raised $1,000 for the Center.
“We are delighted that this group found a way to have fun while at the same time supporting research to extend proton treatment to additional diseases,” says Paul Arceneaux, major gifts officer for Loma Linda University Medical Center.
By Preston Smith