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  • Writer's pictureChip Romanovich


“Somewhere along the way, we must learn that there is nothing greater than to do something for others.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Many of you are aware of our young friend Charlie Cash Hicks, and his continuing battle with cancer. And, as you may also know, Cash has unfortunately suffered a setback on his road to recovery.

Now, we need your help to help Cash and his family.

Grass Roots Bass Yakin – Indiana (GRBY) is holding its second charity tournament to help the family offset some of its tremendous medical bills. “Fish for Cash Hicks” began April 1, and will run through April 30. Because this is a special tournament, created just for Cash Hicks, and we need as many anglers as possible, registration is open throughout the month.

Cash was diagnosed with Stage Four high-risk Neuroblastoma in July 2016, at the age of 2. Upon diagnosis, Cash was flown from Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City, TN, to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, where he and his parents lived full-time for 10 months. While at St. Jude’s, Cash underwent chemotherapy, radiation, antibody treatments, a tumor resection, and a bone marrow transplant. Cash and family spent another six months traveling the 500 miles round-trip from home to Memphis for another 180 days, for necessary maintenance treatments.

Sadly, this brave young boy’s cancer has progressed since December, despite being on active treatment. He has new spots on one of his lower vertebrae, a lesion on his eighth rib, and a couple of additional spots the doctors consider “suspicious.”

Cash is now undergoing treatment again, currently taking a trial combination of two chemotherapy drugs.

When the leadership at GRBY learned about Cash’s battle from Bryan Sparks, a relative of Cash, they quickly began plans to help. They coordinated a charity tournament last year, and donated all of the proceeds to the Hicks family.

Cash’s recent struggles again led GRBY to organize another charity tournament.

“As a parent myself, I can’t imagine watching one of my own children go through the battle that Cash is in the middle of,” said Cole Ritter, a GRBY Administrator. “We can’t take that burden away from Cash, but we can help take a burden away from his parents.

“The last thing they need to worry about right now is being able to provide financially for their family. So, we have enlisted the help of the GRBY family to reduce this burden for them. GRBY is a family, and they always step up … last year we raised over $6,000 for the Hicks family. I’d love to raise more than that this year, but it will take everyone’s help.”

Although this is a fun, charitable tournament, there’s also an incredible array of trophies, and giveaways.

In addition to the money raised, Ritter is asking for something else from the GRBY family.

“I also ask everyone to keep Cash and his family in your prayers,” he said. “The power of prayer is second to none, and they can sure use all the prayers we can lift up. Thank you everyone for supporting this cause that is near and dear to our hearts.”

We hope that you will join us in our efforts to help Cash and his family through this “Fish for Cash Hicks” charity tournament. Even if you aren’t able to fish, please consider signing up … or making a donation of your own. Every little bit helps, and together, we can all make a difference.

“And miracles do happen, every shining now and then.” Carrie Newcomer.




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