A dream that began 21 years ago by Dr. Bill Shelton to raise money for needy cancer patients is still going strong today. The 2014 Dr. Bill Shelton’s Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure will be held Saturday, May 3 at Cassels-Boykin Park on Lake Sam Rayburn. Proceeds from the tournament benefit indigent cancer patients at the Arthur Temple Sr. Regional Cancer Center.
The late Dr. Bill Shelton, a local radiation oncologist, started this tournament as a way to raise funds to help his patients. One particular patient shared his story with Dr. Shelton of the difficulties he faced getting to and from the Center for treatment each day. This patient was actually collecting cans and selling them in order to purchase gas for his vehicle. That’s when Dr. Shelton decided to raise money for his patients through his favorite hobby, fishing.
While the tournament is set for the first weekend of May, those wanting to fish can begin registering this month. Registration forms are now available online at http://www.memorialhealth.org or forms will soon be available at Memorial Medical Center—Lufkin, Tri-Lakes Tackle in Lufkin and Bass Strike Tackle in Zavalla. Those interested in participating can also contact Lindsey Mott, tournament coordinator, at 936-639-7613 to receive a registration form.
Participants can register several different ways this year. Those interested can go online to http://www.memorialhealth.org to register. Academy in Lufkin will hold registration events Saturday, April 26, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Friday, May 2, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Registration will also take place at the Cassels-Boykin Park Pavilion from Noon – 7 p.m., Friday, May 2, and 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. the morning of the tournament. The entry fee is $200 per team, one or two-person teams. There is a five-fish limit with culling allowed. Weigh-in for all fishermen starts at 1 p.m. and ends promptly at 3 p.m. at Cassels-Boykin Park, Saturday, May 3. All who register will have a chance to win $500 cash at the tournament weigh in, plus other great prizes! You must be present to win.
In addition to the tournament, Memorial will host a health fair at the Dr. Bill and Emily Shelton Pavilion at Cassels Boykin Park, Saturday, May 3, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Anglers will be able to participate in the health fair while waiting for the results of the tournament. The public is also invited to come out and participate in the health fair. Lab tests will be available for a small fee with free prostate screenings offered. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to have their blood pressure checked and they will receive valuable health information on heart, stroke and diabetes.
For a list of tournament rules and regulations, visit the Memorial Health System of East Texas website at http://www.memorialhealth.org. For any questions or concerns, please contact Lindsey Mott at 936-639-7613.