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Golfers honor girl's memory, support good cause


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- More than 120 golfers took advantage of the nice weather today to hit the links at Landfall for a good cause.

WWAY 5th Quarter co-host Trot Nixon was among the field for the Play for Emily Memorial Golf Tournament.

The benefit was started by Emily Wade's father, Happy, five years ago. Doctors diagnosed Emily with a brain tumor in 2005. She died a year later, but her legacy lives on. Proceeds from the golf tournament in her honor go to the Ronald McDonald House.

"It's still hard," Happy Wade said. "The years have gone by, and what we've decided to do is celebrate my daughter's life, and so we do this in memory of her."

Play for Emily raised more than $70,000 today. If you want to get involved next year visit

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Play for Emily

Thank you so much for covering the tournament for us. I realize this is not "news" that draws in viewers. It is about what the Ronald McDonald Houses do for families from Wilmington and a way Wilmington can help to pay them back. You cannot stay in one of the Houses unless you live more than thirty miles from the hospital, so many of the families that stay there are from our area. Thank you again Channel 3.