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May 5, 2014 1:42 PM by Mike Gillaspia

Golf Tournament to Help Keep James Ragan's Vision Alive

CORPUS CHRISTI - Over the past three decades, there has been little progress against pediatric bone cancer, according to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. James Ragan made it his mission to change that trend.

James was 13 when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. It is the eighth most common form of childhood cancer. The diagnosis sidelined him from his first love, tennis, while he underwent surgery and intensive chemotherapy. Despite treatment that kept him out of school for long periods, Ragan became Salutatorian of his Carroll High School class. He also picked up the game of golf, eventually earning himself a spot on the golf team at Rice University.

In 2010, James and his sister, Mecklin, co-founded the Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation. Through donations and charity events, the foundation is raising money for research into "orphan" diseases, for which drug companies have little financial incentive to develop treatments.

Sadly, James Ragan died on February 17, 2014. His dream of a world without children's cancer, however, lives on.

Recently, TOKC completed its first project - a $1.5 million dollar matching agreement with MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital, raising a total of $3 million dollars for pediatric bone cancer research. The project has generated more funding for pediatric bone cancer research in the last 3 years than any other project in the last 30 years.

This week brings two important milestones to TOKC. Wednesday, May 7th would have marked James' 21st birthday. And although he is missed by many, his presence is felt by all through the organization he established.

Then on Friday, May 9th those who love the game of golf will assemble for the 7th Annual Triumph Scramble Golf Tournament, held at the Corpus Christi Country Club. The event will not only help raise awareness about the things that mattered to James, but all money raised will be used to benefit pediatric cancer research.

To find out more about the Golf Tournament or the foundation, visit www.triumphoverkidcancer.org or call (361) 883-TOKC (8652).


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