May 10, 2013 7:09 PM by Jessica Holley - email@example.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - For the past five years, the Corpus Christi country club has hosted James Ragan's Triumph Scramble Golf tournament. Ragan continues battling a rare form of bone cancer and Friday he and others tee'd off to raise money for his foundation. Life as James Ragan knew it at the age of 13 turned upside down when doctors diagnosed him with a rare form of bone cancer. But through out it all he perseveres on.
He's now dedicated the remainder of his life to raising money for other children with cancer. It's a foundation he created in 2007 --triumph over kid cancer which he started a year after his diagnosis.
"When you are fighting a cancer where the five year survival rates are 20 percent and you are already thinking about celebrating seven years in June every day is just a gift," says Ragan, Co-Founder Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation
Ragan says he's humbled to share it with family and friends out on the greens raising money for other children fighting their own battle with cancer.
"You know he is in the face of some pretty tough adversity. You know he comes out and dominates life every day. He is out here making the most of every day," says Thomas Morstead, New Orleans Saints punter.
With what started as a toga birthday party in 2007 raising $40,000 has grown in to a foundation that's raised more than a million dollars over the last six years. That money helps to fund research and find a cure and whatever he raises MD Anderson matches dollar-for-dollar.
Ragan says this disease has taught him one of the most valuable lessons in life.
"Live every day to the fullest and when you are as lucky as I am to be surrounded by so many great friends and family, it's easy to do," says Ragan.
Ragan says with each day, and each year he survives he comes to appreciate the life he has a little bit more.
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