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Tampa golf tournament to benefit medical research for veterans


Published:   |   Updated: April 18, 2014 at 08:23 AM

SEFFNER – The associate chief of staff of the research and development department at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, William R. Gower of Seffner, invites veterans, their families and friends and all golf enthusiasts to participate in a golf tournament to benefit the Tampa VA Research and Education Foundation Inc.

The research Gower and his teams conduct helps not only wounded warriors and veterans, but also the general public, as research leads to new understanding, increased treatment options and cures.

There are still mysteries to be solved and questions to be answered regarding post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, cancer, diabetes, wound healing and much more, said Gower, a retired Army colonel. Scientists have many theories to try.

The difficulty is finding seed money for initial experiments that show the theories have merit. Only after they compile enough data to do that can researchers compete for federal grants, said Gower.

To help raise this seed money, the Tampa VA Research and Education Foundation is sponsoring its sixth annual golf tournament Monday, April 28, at Hunter’s Green Country Club, 18101 Longwater Run Drive, Tampa.

Registration and lunch will be from 11 a.m. to noon. The tournament will be played as a four-person scramble and appropriate dress is required. The shotgun start is scheduled for noon.

There will be a cash bar and drawings for prizes from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Prior to the awards dinner at 6:30 p.m., Gower will speak about current research projects his team is tackling, such as outreach services for amputees from the patients’ and caregivers’ sides, women’s health, prosthetics and related technologies which are constantly changing, and mobile outreach clinics that provide healthcare for veterans in rural areas, said Valerie Kelleher, tournament coordinator and visual information specialist for research and development and the foundation.

The Tampa VA Research and Education Foundation will sponsor entry in the tournament for local wounded service members with amputations.

The Mobile Outreach Clinic will be onsite to provide basic health screenings for veterans and to enroll those who are not yet in the Department of Veterans Affairs system.

Fees of $100 per player include golf, a box lunch, beverage, reception, dinner and the opportunity to compete for prizes for first, second and third place.

Sponsorships of varying amounts include all the above for players plus marketing opportunities.

The mission of the Tampa VA Research and Education Foundation is to facilitate research-related activities, education and training at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital.

Players and sponsors may register for the tournament online here or by contacting Kelleher, via email at vkelleher@tampavaref.org or by calling (813) 732-1457.

Send news of community interest to Barbara Routen at Neighbors@tampabay.rr.com.

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