COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - People from all over the Chattahoochee Valley hit the links and the courts to help local cancer patients.
They kicked off the Tournament of Hope in Columbus with a balloon release, representing people with cancer and affected by it.
Eighty golfers and more than 40 female tennis players participated in the event, raising $45-50,000 for the American Cancer Society. This is the second year it has taken place at the Columbus Country Club and the largest amount raised in its history.
Part of the money raised goes to cancer research.
"It's fighting the battle against cancer to be honest with you. Cancer is a disease that has touched so many," said breast cancer survivor Sandy Pirkle.
The funds raised by golfers, tennis players, and sponsors will also help in driving cancer patients to treatment, along with helping them look good and feel better. That includes activities like a cosmetologist helping female cancer patients to do their makeup and wigs.