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Fundraiser to benefit young golfer with cancer
by Jill Lufrano
Nov 17, 2011 | 875 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SPARKS — When Anthony Decker was just 6 months old, his parents spotted a small white dot in his left eye. They took him to see a doctor and, to their surprise, he had developed bilateral retinal blastoma — a condition that if left untreated could be fatal.

After undergoing chemotherapy, his parents didn’t give up on giving Anthony with a life filled with success and challenge. At 16, he is now one of the most highly regarded golfers at Spanish Springs High School, winning several tournaments along the way.

“He’s an awesome little guy,” said family friend Mary Isgrigg, who, along with two other friends has organized a fundraiser at The Resort at Red Hawk on Friday. “He’s only had one eye but he’s turned out to be an awesome golfer.”

The fundraiser starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Red Hawk events center. Cost is $15 in advance and $17 at the door. All proceeds will go directly to Anthony, Isgrigg said. The event will also include a raffle, with proceeds going directly to the Decker family.

Unfortunately, doctors have discovered a few dormant cells might have awakened. Anthony and his family have traveled to Stanford University and to the University of California, Davis to seek another round of treatment and chemotherapy and will not be able to attend the event held in his honor.

The resort has always been a part of the Deckers’ life, said Teresa Andrew, spokeswoman for Red Hawk.

“Anthony has been a part of the Red Hawk Golf and Resort Community from a young age, playing golf and practicing at the course as well as dining at David’s for many years,” she said. “We were very sad to hear he needed more treatment recently and when asked by some of the members about holding a fundraiser to help his family, we wanted to help.”

Anthony received his first set of golf clubs at the age of 8, and quickly struck a hole-in-one when he turned 11 years old.

The community and the school have donated several items for the silent auction and raffle.
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