The Swing For A Cure golf tournament raised $21,000. Organizer Shari Strickling presented a check for $10,000 to the Miami County Cancer Foundation. Pictured in the check presentation are (in front, from left) Strickling, Jodie Livengood, Kathy Nicholson, Paulette Bennett, Edie Hewitt, Michele Bridges; (back row) Jason Livengood, Vickie Belt, Ron Mendel and Don Schweer.

PAOLA — Golfers hit the links at the Paola Country Club, taking their best shot at knocking out cancer during the Swing For A Cure golf tournament.

The tournament, featuring 104 people on 26 teams and 17 sponsors, raised $21,000 in the fight against cancer.

A check for $10,000 was presented to the Miami County Cancer Foundation. The tournament also raised $6,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, $2,000 for Anja LeFrance to aid chemotherapy patients at the University of Kansas Cancer Centers, $1,000 to the First Bra Foundation, $1,000 to Cuts Against Cancer and $1,000 to Food for the Cure.

The event raised $14,855.22 last year, which was presented to the Miami County Cancer Foundation.

“I can’t even express how much it means to be able to do this for people,” organizer Shari Strickling said. “The support I get from my family and friends during each and every one of my fundraisers has always amazed me. But this year, topping the $20,000 mark and being able to help multiple organizations was outstanding.”

Strickling participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day in Atlanta in 2007 when she walked 60 miles in three days, raising $2,705.

“I registered for this event as a physical challenge to myself, but after completing it, I felt that I found what my thing in life was, and that was raising money to help others,” she said.

Strickling walked 39 miles in two days in New York for the Avon Walk to End Breast Cancer in 2008. She went on to walk in the fight against cancer in Chicago in 2009, the Rocky Mountains in 2010, Washington, D.C. in 2011, Boston in 2012, San Francisco and Charlotte in 2013, Santa Barbara in 2014, Houston in 2015, back to Washington D.C. in 2016 and New York in 2017. Avon discontinued the walk at the end of 2017.

She participated in the Pledge the Pink 30-mile walk in South Carolina twice and the Gloridays 44-mile walk in Bristol, R.I., once.

Since 2007, Strickling has walked more than 600 miles during these events, raising more than $86,500 in the fight against cancer.

Sports Editor Gene Morris can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or gene.morris@miconews.com.

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