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5th Annual Fighting Children's Cancer Golf Tournament

PASCO, Wa.,--More than 300 people from around the Tri-Cities teed off against cancer today in Pasco, during the 5th annual Fighting Children's Cancer Golf Tournament.

Sun Willows Golf Course played host to the event, which had a strong presence from the Fighting Children's Cancer Foundation: a non-profit organization that donates money to cancer research.  

10-year-old cancer survivor, Kiana Russell was the poster child of the tournament. Kiana has a rare form of pediatric muscle cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. she was first diagnosed at age 13 months.

Kiana's father, Larry Russell says he wants a dedicated effort from the community to bring cancer treatment closer.

"We're hoping that someday cancer treatment will be more local, and that's what this research helps out a lot with," said Russell.

Officials from the foundation say the Tri-Cities does not yet have an children's cancer specialist in the area. And that the closest treatment sites are in Seattle, putting a huge burden on parents' who have to travel long distances to receive proper care.

All the money raised today will go directly to hospitals and clinics that deal with pediatric cancer research.

For more information, call (509) 297-4490 or visit www.fightingchildrescancer.org