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Swinging for a cure

Sept. golf tourney raises money for cancer research
A Vietnam Green Beret who lost his life to cancer brought on by Agent Orange has inspired a charity dedicated to all who have been touched by the disease.
Ernest Kyle (“E.K.”) Boon, brother of Ennis’ Jimmy Boon, died in 1996, a hero not only in the legendary Southeast Asian conflict but in the battle against cancer. The soldier fought to the end, his relatives told the Ennis Daily News, volunteering in the Baylor System Foundation’s experimental genetics and drug program with the hope of defeating cancer for himself and others.
E.K.’s example of courage led to the founding of the Cancer Memorial Golf Tournament by his loved ones the year after his death.
“Devastated, his siblings, widow Melinda and sons David and John, vowed to do everything they could to assist with research to eliminate this horrible disease,” said Ginger Boon, E.K.’s sister-in-law.
Brother Jimmy added that the result of his family’s determination to aid cancer research was the tourney –– now in its 10th year –– that will take place at the Ennis Country Club on September 13-14.
The Boons said they want to welcome the golfers of Ennis and surrounding areas to come out for the 10th anniversary event; they also wish to thank all who have participated in the past.
“Ennis has been wonderful to support this worthwhile endeavor,” Ginger said. “And the Boon Family says ‘thank you.’”
All proceeds from the Cancer Memorial Golf Tournament benefit the Baylor System Foundation; to date $320,352.93 have been raised for the cause of cancer research.
E.K. Boon was born Sept. 4, 1945 to the late E.H. and Hazel Boon. He has nine siblings, all of whom have dedicated themselves to raising money for cancer research. E.K. was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma in 1992. His birthday month has traditionally been the choice for holding the benefit tourney in his honor.
Along with area support for the Ennis event, the annual golf game gets a boost in contributions from some 20 states, thanks to fundraising efforts by members of the Boon family and their many friends.
Jimmy and Ginger Boon, along with Hazel Boon Tidwell, Marilyn Boon Lindsteadt and other local family members agree they are moved each year by the outpouring of support for the tournament that began as a tribute to their loved one and has continued for a decade to give hope to others battling cancer.
The Baylor System Foundation has expressed its gratitude to the Boon family with a plaque at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas that reads, “Keepers of the flame: The family of E.K. Boon.”
Entry fee for the 2008 two-day tourney is $135 per person. The game will entail low-ball the first day, and two-man scramble the second. For more information call organizer Hazel Boon Tidwell at 972-875-5995 or the Ennis Country Club at 972-875-3641.

Randy Bryan Bigham is managing editor of the Ennis Daily News. He can be reached at editor@ennisdailynews.com.

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