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BAILEY'S TAKE ON PIRATE SPORTS
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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

By Brian Bailey

Garrard continues to give back

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David Garrard is one of those professional athletes who quite simply “gets it.”

Garrard knows that he’s been blessed with a talent that enables him to make a great salary. He also knows he’s in a position to help those who aren’t as fortunate.

That’s why Garrard first formed his David Garrard Foundation. His foundation raises money for causes very dear to his heart. The David Garrard Foundation was started to focus awareness, research and education on breast cancer and Crohn’s Disease.

At the age of 14, David lost his mother to breast cancer. That was the original idea for his foundation. He still has vivid memories of her battle.

“They (the causes) are dear to my heart,” said Garrard. “My Mom passed away from breast cancer and this is a way for me to leave a legacy for her and her name. For all she did as a nurse with the VA hospital. She took care of so many people and us as a family. I just want to honor her.”

Garrard has his own daily battle with a disease that he had never heard about until he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in the spring of 2004.

Crohn’s disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease, which involves chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract because of an overactive immune system.

Many times the disease is mis-diagnosed. Sometimes it is left untreated, and if that happens the disease can be fatal.

“I wanted to defeat it,” he said. “I couldn’t let Crohn’s take over my life. A lot of pro athletes think they’re invincible. This brought me back to reality. It gave me a gut check, literally.”

The Jacksonville Jaguars' quarterback is gearing up for his first ever David Garrard Celebrity Golf Classic to be held at the Greenville Country Club on June 27th. The tournament will benefit Beau’s Buddies in Greenville, and David’s own foundation.

Beau’s Buddies is a charitable organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of cancer patients in Eastern North Carolina. The group describes itself as “friends helping friends,”

All monies raised stay local to help families fighting this devastating disease in Greenville and eastern North Carolina.

The group is named in honor of Hugh Parham "Beau" Stanley III, who was diagnosed on Nov. 17th, 2006, with High Risk Stage III Neuroblastoma. After fighting a long hard battle, Beau earned his angel wings and went to Heaven on Nov. 29th, 2007.

Before the golf tournament, David will be hosting a fishing tournament in which the winners take home a couple of club seats for the 2011 football season. That event is called “Fishing for a Cure” and will be held May 21st.

The first ever David Garrard Celebrity Golf Classic will feature a dinner auction on June 26th, followed by the golf tournament the next day. Garrard says his golf game is getting better.

“I’ve gone from really bad to bad,” said Garrard. “Then I’ve gotten a little better where I feel like I can keep it in play.”

One of the last times Garrard played in Greenville, his wife Mary aced the par three, 8th hole at Ironwood.

The first three members of Garrard’s team that day hit terrible shots.
Mary Garrard then stepped up, hit her shot on the front of the green, and the group watched it roll in for the hole-in-one.

The list of celebrities certainly has a “Pirate” feel to it.

Fellow pro-bowl Chris Johnson is coming back to Greenville to support Garrard. C.J. Wilson and Jay Ross from the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers are also scheduled to play. Free agent pro bowl fullback Vonta Leach is also in the field along with recent Dallas Cowboys draftee Dwayne Harris.

Former Pirate greats Tony Collins and Jeff Blake will also be in town for the event. PGA golfer Will MacKenzie, who is from Greenville, will play and promises to bring a couple of his friends from the PGA tour.

Several great items for sports fan will be a part of the auction. Super Bowl tickets for two with accommodations will be up for grabs. You could also purchase a spot to fish with David in his annual fishing tournament next year.

It’s all for the greatest of causes.

“I just want to invite everyone out to help us with these causes,” said Garrard. “It’s going to be a lot of fun!”

The registration fee for Fishing for the Cure is $350 for a general entry and $500 for a premium entry in both inshore and offshore categories. Each entry includes two tickets to the MVP Party. The Premium entry also includes a nice captain's bag, an autographed football and two tournament t-shirts.

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