Anglers For A Cure
Jacksonville fishermen help find a cure for colon cancer
By Roxie Lute
Left to Right: Jordan Carroll, Matt Hahnemann with Junior Angler Winner, Team Rinnert.
Local fishermen will help find a cure for colon cancer during the seventh annual Anglers for a Cure Inshore Slam Fishing Tournament on September 7. It all started when 16-year-old Jordan Carroll wanted to do something “more” for his father, who had been diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer in late 2004.
He and a long-time friend, Matt Hahnemann, decided to start an annual fishing tournament to benefit the research and education of colon cancer as well as raise awareness of the disease. The young men sought to combine their love of fishing with a fierce dedication to helping find a cure for a disease, which claims the lives of over 50,000 Americans each year. The organization urges that everyone should have a colonoscopy by the age of 50 and earlier if any family history is present. If detected early, the cancer is 90 percent curable.
“Jordan’s dad was so proud that he wanted to do something,” said Bill Bergin, a colon cancer survivor who met Jordan’s father when they were both going through chemotherapy. Unfortunately, Douglas Carroll passed away just two weeks after the inaugural tournament. “Anglers is my outlet to change people’s lives and to help make a difference,” said Bergin.
Today, the tournament has raised more than $60,000 for colon cancer research and awareness in memory of Jordan’s father.
The seventh annual Anglers for a Cure Inshore Slam Fishing Tournament will be held Saturday, September 7 at fist light at Jim King Park and Boat Ramp at Sister’s Creek Marina. All proceeds will benefit the Borland-Groover Clinic Foundation for Research and Education. To find out more information, visit www.anglersforacure.org .