Golf tournament raises funds for child with massive tumor

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A Southwest Florida charity says it needs help raising money for a little boy with a big medical problem.

The Jim Cook Classic is an annual tournament. The funds collected each year help a child in difficulty. This year they are raising funds for Jacob Arledge.

Jacob’s mother, Joann, says they recently took Jacob to the doctor for what they thought was an asthmatic condition.

In fact, doctors discovered a tumor the size of a watermelon growing in the boy’s chest.

Joann said any money would help immensely as Jacob battles T-cell lymphoma.

“Right now we’re looking to get some new gear for Jacob,” Joann said. “That would include wheelchairs and accessibility for our cars.

“We carry it around everywhere; we are quite exhausted physically.”

Event organizers say all golf courses this year are sold out, but they could use more items for the silent auction and raffles.

“The [golfers] are encouraged on the course to donate funds for post-course raffle prizes,” said co-organizer Susan Cook. “The community rallied together as it always does. They went above and beyond.”

The Jim Cook Classic will be held on April 9 at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Fort Myers. A GoFundMe is also available for those who cannot attend but would like to contribute.

Michael C. Ford