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Special shoes at Tucson PGA event help fight cancer

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TUCSON (KVOA) - Day two of the Cologuard Classic Pro-Am hosted by the Tucson Conquistadores is now in the books, and players are anxious to begin round one of the tournament on Friday.

Apart from the golfing on the course itself, the Cologuard Classic is all about spreading the word about fighting cancer.

"I was diagnosed in 2017 with colon cancer," said Scott Taylor, as he met alongside PGA golfing great Jerry Kelly.

Along with other cancer survivors, Kelly was honored at the Omni Tucson National by not only getting to hang out with Jerry Kelly … He and others also got free, special-edition, "FootJoy Custom Colorectal Cancer Awareness-Inspired Golf Shoes."

"I actually played in this last year (too), so I'm recycling the shoes this year," said Taylor, "They're all broken in so I don't have to break in a new pair this year, I can keep those clean. I'm very thankful to be here and support this great cause."

It's a -great- cause also appreciated by a golfing -great- (PGA veteran Jerry Kelly).

"I just lost a good friend of mine, Rob, who played in this pro-am last year. He was diagnosed at 48-years-old of stage 4, waiting for then the age was 50.," said Kelly, from the Omni Tucson National driving range, "You need to know family history, you need to know when to get screened. Healthy individuals 45 and older don't wait! Get it now. Get it right away. Once you turn 45, it's like a birthday present for you and your family."

Cheating death and overcoming cancer is certainly an amazing feet.

Nothing is guaranteed in life. However, getting tested for colon cancer earlier certainly gives you more of a chance to be a -shoe in- for living longer, and enjoying more golf in the Old Pueblo.

Kelly will be sporting the special shoes himself. all throughout the weekend at the Cologuard Classic hosted by the Tucson Conquistadores.

Here's more from the folks at FootJoy on the special shoes:

  • In addition to hosting the top golfers on the PGA TOUR Champions, the 2021 Cologuard Classic aims to educate people on the importance of early detection of colorectal cancer through screening, honor colorectal cancer survivors, patients and caregivers and recognize those who have been affected by the disease.
  • Cologuard has collaborated with FootJoy to create custom colorectal cancer awareness-inspired golf shoes for survivors, patients and caregivers playing in the tournament pro-am.
  • The shoe design features blue accents – the official color of colorectal cancer awareness – and the colorectal cancer blue star, which is a symbol of unity among advocacy partners in their fight against the disease. 
  • Cologuard ambassador Jerry Kelly will also wear CRC awareness shoes during Saturday’s round – which is Dress in Blue Day. All FootJoy players competing in the tournament will also be wearing blue-accented shoes on Saturday.
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Paul Cicala

Paul Cicala is a 2-time winner of the prestigious”Edward R. Murrow Award” for his reporting/anchoring in news & sports. Paul Cicala has also been nominated for multiple EMMY’s. Cicala has won the “Best Sportscaster” category in Tucson the last five years (voted on by readers of “Tucson Weekly”). Cicala is a native Tucsonan who specialized in border stories during his earlier career as a news reporter in this market, and now concentrates mainly on sports stories (with an occasional special report and/or feature story on life in Tucson & the Sonoran Desert).

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