Siblings Remember Mom Through Charity Fishing Tournament

The Cobia for Cancer tournament is underway in Biloxi in honor of a very special lady.

Betty Saucier would help anyone who needed it. She had a strong faith and she loved nothing more than getting out on the water, relaxing and reeling in a few fish.

The Biloxi woman was just 59 when she died two years ago of brain cancer. So her children thought it only fitting that they organize a fishing tournment to raise money for cancer research.

Her son, Tommy Saucier, says, "This is something we all love to do. I love to fish, I'm a fisherman. My mom loved to go fishin', something we know a lot about so we wanted to put it together and raise money to help fight cancer."

Daughter, Michelle Kennedy says, "I think she would be very happy that we're doin' it for a good cause she was all for that. She of course wouldn't want to take the glory of necessarily it bein' in her name or contributing to her, but I think she'd be very proud."

All of the tournament's proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

Spokesperson Dana Luquire says, "It's a great way for them to remember the loss of their loved one and we are very excited and we've been just excited that they have chosen us to give the money to cause we think we're good stewards of that money."

Twenty-one boats signed up for the tournament taking place at Pelican Point off 8th Street in Biloxi. It continues through Sunday with cash prizes. Saturday afternoon there's also a benefit fish fry and live music.

Tommy and Michelle say the tournament will become an annual event, and next year it will include activities for kids.