Unsung Hero: Fishing for Hope

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CARTERVILLE -- A local fisherman died a few years ago, but his memory lives on through a fishing tournament in his name. The proceeds from that event will help two families in need.


Shannon Korando enjoys fishing with her husband and son. It's a sport her father, Randy Ogden, taught her when she was a kid.


Ogden was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in 2011. Shannon and her husband organized a fishing tournament in 2012 to help her father.


"He [Randy] was excited," explained Shannon. "He just thought it was the greatest thing. He didn't get out there and fish that day, but he had a great time. We had family in from all over, we had lots of friends, friends he hadn't seen in years, and it was just really neat, it was a nice time."


Randy died later that year, but Fishing For Hope continues. This will be the third year for the tournament. This time it will help two people battling cancer.


Little Julianna Campbell was diagnosed with a brain tumor last May, months before her second birthday.


"She's brilliant, she's beautiful, she plays, she laughs, you would not ever dream that this child has a tumor," said Julianna's grandma Jessie Campbell.


Jessie says the past 10 months have been hard on the family.


"There's a long road ahead of us, because at some point Julianna is going to need radiation and it's proton radiation. It's not a cheap endeavor," she explained.


Jessie says the community has already helped them tremendously through both emotional and financial support.


"People have been so generous, and what more can you ask for than the support of your community to know that people care," said Jessie.


Jessie remembers Randy and his wife Liz from high school.


"It's nice when you can remember someone as such a kind person and Randy was by doing something like this to help other people," said Jessie. "He's got to be so pleased that they're doing this in his memory."


Shannon's cousin Tara Gourley will also benefit from the tournament. Tara has a rare form of liver cancer.


"The families have enough on their minds when they're dealing with all the treatments that they have to go through and where they have to travel and those kinds of things," said Shannon."Just to take that financial burden off of them and just get everybody together to have a good time."


Win or lose, everyone is guaranteed to have a good time helping a good cause!


The tournament will take place Saturday April 5 at Mack's Marina at Lake of Egypt. It will start at first light with the weigh-ins happening at 3:00 p.m.


The cost is $110 per boat if you register by March 31. There will also be other activities that day, including a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, food and drinks, and fun for the kids.


Call (618) 694-2084 for more information.
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