By VAN HOLLAND
Since Eric Norville found out he had cancer, he has been a warrior through the whole process, including surviving surgery and battling through chemotherapy and radiation. One of the major downfalls to the disease is the expenses. They continue to pile up on Norville and his parents, Scott and Tina Norville.
They had thought about putting on a golf tournament to help raise some money for some of the expenses, but they were told other people in the community had it covered.
The ones putting on the tournament were very familiar faces to the Norville's. The SouthWest Edgecombe Cougar golf team had stepped up to take charge. When the Norville's found out, they weren't surprised about the golf team helping them.
"These guys that are putting on this tournament just shows that they really care for me and my family," Norville said. "It is different, but in a sense it really isn't, because they have always cared me and many others."
Former Cougar golfer, Rob Warren and current player Nathan Webb decided to get involved and put the benefit tournament together. They passed out fliers and told people in the community about the event. Since word has spread, they have gotten an overwhelming number of responses from people in the community.
"It has been unbelievable and the whole experience has gotten the team a lot closer together," Warren said. "I feel like I am still part of the team so what better way for me to show that."
Since all the information was put into place, Warren and Webb have got a great response from the community. There have been 65 teams sign up to play.
The benefit golf tournament will be held August 7-8 at the Maccripine Country Club. The event will be a four man super-ball tournament that will have shotgun tee times of 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Lunch and dinner will be provided for the golfers playing in the tournament. There is a $200 team fee and anyone who wants to sponsor a hole can do so for $100.
"Eric's parents originally wanted to have the tournament because they knew the medical bills were going to be adding up on them," Warren said. "So me and Nathan stepped up and said we would take it on and put the tournament together."
Webb knows first hand what it's like to fight a disease. Last season he was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. He battled through hospital stays and learning about the disease and how to fight it while on the golf course.
His teammates were there for him last year, so what better way to repay them then by helping put the tournament together for Norville's.
"Diabetes is a little different then being diagnosed with cancer," Webb said. "I have grown up with Eric and we have become best friends. I am just glad I can be a part of this and what we are doing for him and his family."
Anyone with questions about the benefit tournament or people interested in signing up can contact Warren at (252) (04-9310 or Webb at (252) 955-3783. People can also sign up at the Maccripine Country Club.