Benefit Golf Tournament Doubles In Size, Helps People With Cancer

BILOXI (WLOX) -- Local residents and business leaders were swinging for a good cause Saturday.

"It's to benefit the Junie Desporte Foundation, which is to help people who are fighting cancer, who may not be able to afford treatment. We work with local physicians and hospitals to help people who are working towards getting well with a positive outlook. They want to move forward with their life. Just like Dad did," said Junie Desporte's daughter, Angel Harrelson.

Junie Desporte owned Desporte & Sons Seafood in Biloxi. He passed away on January 3, 2007, after a long but tenacious battle with cancer.

"He fought it for three years. They actually told him he wouldn't last six months, and he fought it for three years. He really fought it," said Junie's son, Sean Desporte. "It's kind of hard to talk about it."

Junie Desporte had money to pay for his treatments, but the family he's left behind knows all too well there are people who can't afford medical help. That's why they've turned this golf tournament into an annual event.

"The good thing about our foundation is we want to help people locally, so we know where our local money is going. And that's really what my dad would have wanted to do. When I used to go with him to get his treatments, he would walk in the oncology group, and he was so amazing, even as sick as he was, he just kept this outlook that was just tremendous," Harrelson said.

While not everyone was pleased with their golf game, they felt good at the end of day, knowing, every stroke and swing was for a good cause.

"As you can see looking around the course, so many people have stepped forward," Harrelson said.

With this event, the Desporte legacy lives on.  It lives on by giving local people courage to keep on swinging through their struggle against cancer.

If you'd like to make a donation, or help out, you can call Desporte & Sons Seafood in Biloxi. That number is 228-432-1018.