The Heartland Cancer Foundation raised almost $40,000 at the Cancer Classic Golf Scramble, held Sept. 21 at Hillcrest Country Club, 9401 O St.

The annual golf tournament brings players throughout the community and benefits low-income cancer patients. The Cancer Classic was in memory of Mick Zangari of Lincoln, who lost his battle with metastatic head and neck cancer in 2016.

Thirty teams competed to win a trophy and hole games such as “marshmallow longest drive” sponsored by Lexus of Lincoln, and “the circle game," sponsored by Two Men and a Truck. The day was hot, but that didn’t dampen the players’ enthusiasm for golfing and raising money for the foundation. After golfing, teams enjoyed an Italian buffet dinner and live auction.

Larry Albers, president of Heartland Cancer Foundation’s board, said the funds would assist the foundation in its grant expansion efforts. Cancer patients in Southeastern Nebraska and Northeastern Kansas may apply to receive help with payments towards car or housing, gas cards, prescription medication, medical supplies, and physical or occupational therapies related to cancer treatment. On the website, HeartlandCancerFoundation.org, applications for assistance can be submitted electronically, or printed for mailing.

The Heartland Cancer Foundation is based in Lincoln. Its mission is to provide practical and immediate assistance to cancer patients so they can focus on healing. The Foundation will host its fundraising “Mardi Gras Casino Royale” on Feb. 9, 2018 at Wilderness Ridge, and is accepting community sponsors. For more information, email heidimoyerhcf@gmail.com or call (402) 261-9974.

Heidi Moyer is development director of the Heartland Cancer Foundation.

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