May 25, 2021 – Roy Boyd III, recently donated $6,667 from his “Drive
for Life” fundraiser proceeds to the Southeast Georgia Health System
Foundation in support of the
Cancer Care Center.
Boyd’s father was diagnosed with cancer five years ago at Southeast
Georgia Health System. Speaking from personal experience, he addressed
his school’s families to share his motive for coordinating the fundraiser:
“In honor of those who have fought, and continue to fight, against
cancer, as well as their loved ones, my golf teammates and I hope to raise
funds for cancer research and outreach.” His call to action did
not go unanswered as the team raised nearly $20,000 in just three months.
The funds were split equally between the Health System’s Cancer
Care Center, the Mayo Clinic Cancer Research Division in Jacksonville,
and the First Tee of the Golden Isles.
The primary donation option, titled “the Performance Gift,”
was based on the top four golfer’s final scores at the end of school’s
golf season. Boyd described the process of calculating pledges: “$1
per par, $5 per birdie, $10 per eagle, $20 per albatross, and $100 per
hole-in-one. Winning our regional championship was $50, and winning our
state championship would equal $100.” The Frederica Academy Knights
Golf Team went on to earn the title of region champions and finished second
at the state championship. Over the course of the season, the Knights
made more than 600 pars, close to 200 birdies, seven eagles, and a hole-in-one.
“We are very appreciative of Roy and his golf team for this donation,” said
Michael D. Scherneck, president and CEO, Southeast Georgia Health System. “It’s
inspiring to have a young person show such ambition and commitment toward
making a difference and also leading others to do the same. We are pleased
that Roy’s father is cancer-free. We also congratulate Roy and the
Frederica Academy Golf Team on a successful season and fruitful fundraiser,
and thank each of them for the generous donation to our Cancer Care Center.”