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Golf tournament held to raise pancreatic cancer awareness

Updated: Sunday, June 29 2014, 07:21 PM EDT

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio -

A Steubenville native was remembered Sunday with a special golf tournament to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer.

Fred Bell died in November 2012 just days after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

His memory lived on during the first Fred Bell Memorial Golf Tournament, along with a dinner and auction Sunday.

“My brother was one of the best loved people in Steubenville, Ohio, and so today is not about a man who died but about a man who lived because he lived a wonderful life and he was so loved,” Sandy Lynskey, Bell’s sister, said.

The tournament was created not only to remember Bell but to raise funds for pancreatic cancer awareness, and research and screening at the Tony Teramana Cancer Center.

“This whole thing is about Fred’s memory but it’s also about pancreatic cancer research because all the cancers that we go through, this one affects you the worst because it’s a death sentence, you know, you don’t recover from this one,” Bell’s friend Kenny Davis said.

Davis said the tournament had a great turnout with a total of 89 golfers.

Bell’s family and friends were overwhelmed to see all of the people that came out to show their support.

“It’s amazing that you have tournaments like this to raise money, and people play to win and already about three of the people that have won have donated their money back to the charity, which is phenomenal, it’s awesome,” Davis said.

“Anybody who knew Freddy loved my brother and there’s people just walking up giving money that knew him or didn’t know him or heard about him or just want to be a part of this awesome movement we created,” Lynskey said.

Lynskey said that they hope the tournament will be the first of many.

Golf tournament held to raise pancreatic cancer awareness


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