"Golf is a good walk spoiled," Mark Twain.
I’m standing at the first tee at Windstone Golf and Country Club a few days ago looking down the fairway and as you can see, it was a nice view. It’s early morning and soon the Fifth Annual Lana’s Love Golf Tournament will tee off …it will be a beautiful day.
Now, if you don’t know anything about Lana or the Lana’s Love Foundation, I suggest you click here, go ahead …I’ll be waiting here when you get back.
If you took the time to totally peruse the site, you would find that the foundation does a tremendous work in our community. Simply put, they help kids with cancer and their families have fun. The foundation stays busy organizing and providing fun activities for the kids and their families pretty much every month and it’s absolutely free. It is a beautiful thing to witness and I know of no other charitable foundation with that same basic mission statement. The golf tournament is their only fundraiser of the year …it’s an important day.
I didn’t play in the tournament, I never do. I simply take pictures. No big deal, I sit in a chair at the first tee and intercept the foursomes as they pull up in their carts. I harass them, let them tell me how badly they’re playing, we laugh and cut up, I get them all posed and try to make them look pretty. We make jokes about their looks breaking the camera or someone will invariably mention hope you got Photoshop. Guys on golf courses love to laugh and needle each other. Yea I know, we don’t really need a golf course …but it is so much more fun when you know you’re skipping out on work.
Forty-one teams played this year …the biggest tournament yet and God bless the boys (and ladies) who played and the volunteers who worked behind the scenes to make it all happen. Lots of money was raised, enough money to insure another year of the important work at the Lana’s Love Foundation.
Truthfully, if only a dollar had been raised I firmly believe the work would continue.
You see, Jim and Cindy Webster saw first hand why a foundation like this is needed. They used to talk about the need for something like this all the time during the midst of Lana’s five-year battle. When the time came and they decided to make it a reality, I believed at that very moment that we would be right where we are today some five years later. Five years later with a foundation that is not only doing a fantastic work in our community, but is a living, breathing testament to a mom and dad’s love for their daughter …Lana Beth.
I’ve said all that to say this …
Mark Twain got it wrong.