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WaterWays fishing tournament raises money to fight cancer
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Jacob Davis and his father Bert, middle, were among nearly 90 anglers who took part in a fishing tournament Saturday at WaterWays Township to help Millie and Matt Knight raise money for cancer research. - photo by Steve Scholar

Jacob Davis, 11, was one of dozens of children at the cancer fundraiser Saturday at WaterWays Township.

“I like to fish,” the McAllister Elementary School student said. “I just want to catch a big one.”

The 2nd Annual Team Matt Knight “Bill Dance Fishing Experience” Fishing Tournament raised upwards of $5,000 that was contributed to the American Cancer Society in the name of local cancer fighter Matt Knight. Funds were raised through registration fees, T-shirt sales and donations. 

“We had about 90 people register to fish and between 250 and 300 people attended,” said Millie Knight, Matt’s wife and the event organizer. “We had people come from out of state to fish and raise money. I want to thank everyone for their love and support.”

Matt was diagnosed in May 2015 with colon cancer with metastasis to the liver and peritoneum. He started chemotherapy and has responded well to that and other treatments, Millie said.

"We have a lot of hope," she said. 

Millie said some people wanted to donate directly to her husband in his fight against the dreaded disease but he wanted it to go to the ACS to help others in their battle against cancer. 

Top honors in the fishing tournament went to Chris Phillips, who caught a 19-inch fish. Coming in second was Shawn Mulvihill with a catch of 17.5 and Brent Feske took third. 

And while Jacob didn't catch the biggest fish, but he had fun and donated to a good cause. Others who would like to donate to help fight cancer can call Millie Knight at (334) 207-6368. 

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