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Sunday, July 10, 2011

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Pierson DeHart died May 7, 2009, after suffering hydranencephaly. His parents have set up a golf scramble in his memory, which will take place July 30 at the Forest Park Golf Course.
Two years ago, Melissa and Chris DeHart suffered a loss no parent wants to face.

Their son, Pierson, died, May 7, 2009. He was 22-months-old.

Pierson was born July 30, 2007. While in-vitro, he suffered a stroke and developed hydranencephaly, which occurs when a traumatic experience cuts off the blood supply to the developing brain and sections of the brain are replaced with Cerebral Spinal Fluid.

Throughout the trying period, The DeHarts began to come up with an idea to help others in need while also creating a way to memorialize Pierson.

The end result -- The Pierson DeHart Memorial Golf Scramble -- which will take place July 30, at the Forest Park Golf Course.

According to Melissa, lunch will be served at noon, with tee-times set for 1 p.m.

"We feel so blessed that God chose us to be Pierson's parents," Melissa DeHart said. "We thought it would be a good way to honor the memory of our son while doing something special for another family in the community that is facing the same blessings and struggle that we went through."

Proceeds from the tourney will go to help benefit families in need.

This year, proceeds will be given to Carter Quinn, son of Joe and Stephanie Quinn.

"His name was given to us from a friend and after finding out that he received a piece of equipment that Pierson used in therapy, we knew that this was the first family we wanted to bless," Melissa said.

She hopes the tourney becomes an annual event and all families chosen to receive proceed will be local Clay County families.

Cost to enter the golf tourney is $45 per golfer, which includes lunch and cart fees.

The family is currently seeking business sponsorships at a cost of $100 each. Melissa added if businesses would like to sponsor a team, there is an additional cost of $125, creating a $55 savings per team (of four golfers).

She said prizes would be awarded to the winner of a putting contest, which will take place immediately following lunch, in addition to prizes for closest to the pin and longest drive.

First- and second-place teams will also be awarded prizes.

"God blessed us with such an amazing child," Melissa said. "We just feel this is one way to keep (Pierson's) legacy alive as well as show God's love to another family in the same situation."



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