Capital Health plans golf scramble to benefit CDI

STEUBENVILLE — Capital Health Network will be sponsoring its fourth-annual golf scramble to benefit the Cancer Dietary Initiative for local cancer patients undergoing treatment.

The scramble will be held June 22 at Red Oaks Golf Course in Bloomingdale with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $75 per golfer or $300 per team. The cost is $50 per person for non-golfers interested in the dinner only.

To register a team, contact Nancy Felton, community director of marketing, Capital Health Care Network, at (740) 391-3311 or Chris Hyland, CDI fundraising chair, at (412) 523-1956.

The registration fee includes 18 holes with cart, a swag bag, breakfast and lunch at the turn, a steak dinner at the end of the course and one entry in the hole-in-one contest, compliments of Allietta Ford.

Prizes are: $800, first place; $400, second place; and $300, third place.

The CDI was established as a food pantry after it was noted that several patients were losing weight and were more malnourished than expected during their treatment, according to promotional material. After some investigation, the realization of the hardships they were undergoing both financially and medically led to some having to make the difficult decision to pay bills instead of eating properly. The CDI initially was a community service project with a projected duration of six months in 2013 with 18 patients; however, at the end of that period, the overwhelming need to assist the patients had to continue.

The CDI is presently serving more than 120 cancer-stricken patients and their families, regardless of income, on a monthly basis through their 501c3 nonprofit food pantry. Initially, only patients at the Tony Teramana Cancer Center were invited to attend, but due to many requests, the pantry opened to include all area cancer patients, regardless of where they are receiving treatment.

Patients from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, including pediatric patients, attend the monthly food distribution.

The CDI pantry is located at First Westminster Presbyterian Church in Steubenville. Distribution is always the third Saturday of the month.