ALPHARETTA, Ga. – What better way to raise awareness and money for a cause than by having fun at the same time? That was the thinking behind the annual Stick it 2 Cancer Texas Hold 'Em Tournament, which came to the Metropolitan Club on Windward Parkway Aug. 29.
Stick it 2 Cancer acts to "FUNdraise for lifesaving blood cancer research for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society." In four years, Stick it 2 Cancer has hosted over 100 events to "have fun and save lives."
The fun increased with the presence of World Series of Poker circuit player Daniel Weinman. Weinman, a 25-year-old Georgia Tech graduate, has played poker for 10 years, five of which he has spent on the professional circuit. Weinman said he "loves the cause" of the tournament. He placed second in the tournament to his girlfriend, Alex Walker. Walker knocked Weinman out before the final table. She first played poker in a tournament at Stick it 2 Cancer's All in 4 a Cure event last year.
This year's event raised $7,000, a total which will be matched by Apple Inc., for a grand total of $14,000 raised.
Stick it 2 Cancer was founded by John and Torri Westmoreland. John was diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2010 and now dedicates his time to finding enjoyable and exciting ways to raise money with Stick it 2 Cancer. The nonprofit has raised more than $300,000 to benefit the cause in four years of being active. The poker tournament alone raised over $14,000 for blood cancer research funded by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For more information on Stick it 2 Cancer, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/stickit2cancer. For more on the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, visit them at www.lls.org.