A golf tournament fundraiser is being held to raise money for seven-year-old Whitley Grace Mathis, who has aplastic anemia.
A golf tournament fundraiser is being held to raise money for seven-year-old Whitley Grace Mathis, who has aplastic anemia.
The Ridgeland Police Department is joining other area groups to support an officer’s daughter’s fight against a deadly disease with a charity golf tournament next Monday.

First Responders of Mississippi, the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation and the Reservoir Foundation are co-sponsoring the 2018 Charity Golf Tournament for Whitley Grace Mathis, set for 1 p.m. on Sept. 10 at the Castlewoods Country Club in Brandon.

Whitley Grace Mathis, 7, was diagnosed with Acute Aplastic Anemia in January. She is the daughter of Kevin Mathis, a Ridgeland Police officer, and Kim, a First Responders of Mississippi board member.

“Even with the great health coverage they have a lot of expensive medical bills to take care of and we are more than happy to what we can to help this family out and show them our love and support,” Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal said. “I think Kevin has more than 11 years in law enforcement and has been with us for a long time.”

Whitley’s diagnosis requires life-sustaining transfusions of blood platelets and other treatment at Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital.

“We never dreamed that we would need assistance when our daughter was diagnosed,” Kim said.

Ruth Ann Rigby with First Responders of Mississippi said that they are still taking players and sponsors. In addition, they are taking donations for door prizes, goody bags other prizes.

Sponsorships are $1,000 and include the entry fee of a four-person team, tee box sponsor sign, lunch and more. individual players can register for $125 and a team of four is $500 to enter.

“We are proud to sponsor this tournament and hope people come out to enjoy some golf and help a good cause,” Rigby said.

For more information contact Sgt. Jeff Thames at jeff.thames@ridgelandms.org or Rigby at ruthann@firstrespondersofms.com