Community comes together to smash cancer in local tennis tournament

Community comes together to smash cancer in local tennis tournament

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The Greater Wilmington Tennis Organization brought hundreds of people together this weekend for their 10th annual Smash Cancer tennis tournament.

“It’s something that you can play throughout your life," said Chris Tatum, GWTO Presdent. "Its fun, its active, it keeps you in that healthy environment. I think its really good to be able to merge those two things and provide funds to benefit the community.”

The group held the tennis tournament and a silent auction as well to raise money and provide transportation for people to get screened for head and neck cancer. On Saturday, the group provided free on site screening for oral, head and neck cancer for the public.

Tatum started this event 10 years ago after both of her parents died from head and neck cancer.

“Head and neck cancer is a cancer that can be prevented and is easily treatable and manageable and patients can have very good outcomes if properly identified early,” Tatum said.

The organization donates around $25,000 a year to help treat and prevent head and neck cancer.

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