ELITE PROS HELP LEUKEMIA-STRICKEN BOY
Category: press release
Sep 5th, 2008 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Sep 5th, 2008 at 12:00 AM
ELITE PROS HELP LEUKEMIA-STRICKEN BOYMore than a dozen Bassmaster Elite Series pros donated tackle, jerseys and autographed caps to an online auction to benefit Ron Phillips, a 13-year-old with Burkitt’s Leukemia.Phillips was diagnosed this year with the rare blood disorder after being admitted to the hospital with a liver injury from a backyard football game. Now he’s fighting to recover from a liver transplant as well as combating the leukemia. The auction on eBay is scheduled to continue for several more days. Fishing fans can view the Elite-donated items by searching the eBay site for “rpbfund.” An avid bass angler, Phillips is getting support from the fishing industry as well as from individual pros. Several donated their services for the “fish with a pro” program during the Aug. 16 Ron Phillips Benefit Bass Tournament in the Upper Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Among them were Elite and Bassmaster Open anglers as well as pros from the Women’s Bassmaster Tour presented by Academy Sports & Outdoors.