Golf tournament at Smith Mountain Lake raises big money for cancer research

You could call it the swing for a cure.
Monday, the American Cancer Society and Advance Auto Parts held one of its largest fundraisers.

It's called the Smith Mountain Lake Swing Fore a Cure Golf Tournament.

It takes place at the Water's Edge Country Club in Penhook.

125 golfers participated.

"It's an emotional day and you see signs giving thanks for people who have fought the battle and lost and others that we're honoring that are still fighting the battle," said Tournament Chair John Parrott.

The fundraiser brought in more than $300,000.

Since it started five years ago, more than a $1,000,000 has been raised.

The money will help pay for cancer research.

"If you look at what's happened with cancer in the last 50 years, the progress we've made is been because of research," said Andrew Berchuck, a Duke University Cancer Researcher.

Pasty Smith battled and won breast cancer in 1999.

Today, she is now battling ovarian cancer, for which there is no cure.

"I just concentrate on my golf.  If the chemo doesn't knock me out, then I have a great day so I play golf," said Smith.