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July 5, 2018
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Arnold E. Gardner Memorial Golf Tournament on August 24 to benefit ocular melanoma research

Golf enthusiasts have the chance to play their favorite game while supporting Emory Eye Centerís research on Friday, August 24. The Arnold E. Gardner Memorial Golf Tournament is in memory of Arnold Gardner, who began treatment for ocular melanoma at Emory Eye Center in 2004.

“Ocular melanoma is a devastating disease, and one that needs a cure,” says Gardner’s son Adam. “We wanted to honor a great person through a great cause. What better way to raise money than through gathering loved ones around the sport my father loved?”

The tournament will be at St Ives Country Club in Johns Creek, Ga., with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start time. Men, women, and juniors of all handicaps are invited to participate. A cookout will follow at 6 p.m.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Emory Eye Center’s ocular melanoma research.

2018 marks the fourth year of the tournament. Gardner and his mother Stephanie hope to use the event to educate people about the disease and possible prevention.

“The general public needs to be better educated about why they need annual eye exams by eye care professionals and the importance of wearing sunglasses daily,” she says. “Ocular melanoma is a devastating diagnosis and patients need better therapies. Emory is on the cutting edge of diagnosis and treatment development.”

Emory Eye Center’s director of Ocular Oncology and Pathology, Hans Grossniklaus, MD, MPH, has spent years studying ocular melanoma and ways to help patients.

“We’re studying the mechanisms of how ocular melanoma spreads from the eye to the liver,” he says. “This includes how the melanoma cells exit the tumor in the eye into the bloodstream, and how they become established as small collections of cells in the liver (micro-metastases). Learning about these mechanisms will enable treatments for this condition.”

“We’re also working on a new design of radioactive plaques which we use to treat the primary melanoma in the eye,” he adds.

Members of St Ives Country Club can enter the tournament and enjoy the cookout for $85; the cookout-only fee is $25. Visit the Arnold E. Gardner Memorial Tournament page to sign up. 

The non-member participation fee is $150; call the St Ives Golf Shop at 770-623-1239, ext. 1111, for information or to register.


Arnold E. Gardner Memorial Golf Tournament Flyer



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