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38 Years of Fighting Cancer for East Central Indiana

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Even in these trying times, the fight continues to defeat cancer. Dealing with cancer is never easy but getting the most effective treatment close to home is a comfort to those who are in a fight to defeat the disease.

Left to right are: Beverly Matthews, president of the Henry County Community Foundation, Kenny Norfleet, creator of the Norfleet Open Cancer Fund and tournament; and Vickie Rhode, Foundation Executive Assistant, who helped Norfleet with the marketing for this year’s event.

Fighting cancer and keeping innovative and effective treatment locally has always been the number one goal for local Henry County retired Marine and businessman, Kenny Norfleet. Every year, Norfleet and friends sponsor and support an annual Golf Tournament to benefit the Norfleet Open Cancer Fund in memory of Bill Shockley and Danny Justice endowment Fund at the Henry County Community Foundation (HCCF).

Supporters and sponsors of the golf tournament have been providing funds for 38 years to benefit citizens in East Central Indiana to provide cancer services close to home. Norfleet stopped by the Foundation office to add $7,000 to build their Fund and extend their reach to help others. Norfleet and this group have contributed over $280,000 to this effort.

“Kenny, his friends and patrons are helping keep cancer treatment up-to-date and technicians trained at Forest Ridge so travel won’t be a burden to those already fighting the disease,” said Beverly Matthews, president of HCCF. “Donations to the Norfleet Open Cancer Fund can be made at or sent to HCCF, P.O. Box 6006, New Castle, IN 47362.”