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In Memory of Randy Roberts:
For a father stricken with cancer, a golf tourney was time of his life.
Huntsville, AL – A sneaky consipiracy between a nephew and aunt, a dream impossible to fulfill, a ghastly disease, a Hall of Fame football player and a Huntsville radio station all combined for one memorable, emotional Father’s Day gift.
Randy Roberts, 55, has cancer. It’s his second fight with Mesothelioma. It’s already taken away one lung. After two years in remission, it’s back. Despite that, “Randy has never complained,” said his wife, Wendy. But it’s ruined his golf game. He hasn’t played in 15 months. Because of that, he might grouse just a little bit.
A local radio station held a Father’s Day contest to win an opportunity to play in the John Stallworth Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament. Kathy Curry heard about the contest and called Randy’s son, Matthew, a rising eighth-grader at ChattanoogaSchool for Arts & Sciences. Randy's sister, Kathy Curry, owner of Huntsville Massage Professionals, lives in Huntsville. She promised Randy that when he beat cancer, she would take him to Pebble Beach to play golf. But after having the lung removed, doctors won’t let Randy fly. That didn’t stop Kathy. “Since he can’t go to Pebble Beach, I brought Pebble Beach to him!” Kathy would do anything in the world for her big brother.
That’s where the conspiracy, little sister, football player and this radio station come into play. Nobody else knew about it. “They’re good at keeping secrets,” said Wendy. Together with his Aunt Kathy, Matthew wrote into the radio station with the following story:
“My dad was diagnosed with Mesothelioma almost 2 years ago. He had the entire right lobe of his lung removed, his diaphragm replaced with Goretex and his pericardium replaced with Bovine. He underwent chemo and radiation. He appeared to be cancer free for almost 2 years when a recent scan revealed that the cancer is back in his abdominal cavity. He is undergoing treatment at Vanderbilt in Nashville now. My dad loves to play golf, but now that the medical bills have piled up, he cannot afford to play. I hope he wins this so that he may play golf at least once more in his life. Thank you for your consideration.”
“He’s been to hell and back,” Curry said of her brother. He deserves a chance at happiness again. Curry took time off from her career to escort her brother to Vanderbbilt for chemo treatments. "It broke my heart to watch him sit there...I knew he was feeling bad. But we joked around and made silly selfie pics and texted them to our family. We sang at the top of our lungs to the songs we grew up listening to on an oldies radio station. And we had a very long talk about when we were kids. I apoligized to him for being a little brat. We laughed, we cried and we told each other that we love one another. I will always cherish that day."
Randy was thrilled when we told him about the golf tournament. “We were treated like celebrities." Thursday evening, Kathy and Randy, along with their family dined with the NFL celebrity Hall of Famers who participated in the tournament. Friday afternoon, when the tournament ended, Curry was bubbling with pride. The initial plan was for Roberts to play a hole or two, what with the brutal heat and humidity. Jordan Rowell, Kathy’s son was going to play the rest of the tournament for him. But as it turned out, Randy and Jordan both played the entire course, six hours! Kathy, Matthew and Wendy endured the heat to follow along in their own golf cart to cheer and support Randy and Jordan.
“I was going to play as long as I could,” Roberts said.
“He may be feeling it tomorrow,” Curry said.
Still, she said, “He’s had the time of his life, playing golf with NFL celebrities.”
May it be a long life, with many more rounds to come.
John Stallworth and Kathy Curry
Celebrity Golfer, Jordan Rowell
Celebrity Golfer, Randy Roberts
September 18, 1955 - September 7, 2011
Randy lost his battle to cancer before I could take him to Pebble Beach to play golf. But in September of 2014, I fulfilled my promise to my big brother as I took his ashes with me on the 17 mile drive along breathtaking views of the coast and forests leading to the world famous Pebble Beach Resort & Golf Course, and allowed him to play his eternal golf game on Pebble Beach!
God saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be
So He put His arms around you
And whispered "Come with Me."
With tearful eyes
We watched you suffer
And saw you fade away
Although we loved you dearly
We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating
Hard working hands at rest
God broke our hearts to prove
He only takes the best.
It's lonesome here without you
We miss you more each day
Life doesn't seem the same
Since you've gone away.
When days are sad and lonely
And everything goes wrong
We seem to hear you whisper
"Cheer up and carry on."
Each time we see your picture
You seem to smileand say
"Dont cry, I'm in God's keeping
'We'll meet again someday."
Jordan, Kathy, Randy, Matthew at the golf tourney!
Cheerleaders! Wendy & Kathy
Selfies at Vandy! Randy, watching you battle the cancer monster with such grace and positive attitude, never complaining and always grateful....I learned so much about the man I called brother. You are my hero.
Please help make bedtime warm and cozy for needy children this winter by donating new pajamas and new books to our collection box in the lobby of Huntsville Massage Professionals.
Gloria Vanderbilt & Kathy Curry
Huntsville Massage Professionals Ribbon Cutting
The Huntsville Massage Professionals Band: Renee Priest, Alabama State Senator Phil Williams, Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocalist for JED Eye Lisa Williams, Owner of Huntsville Massage Professionals Kathy Curry, and Roger Curry
Shauna Gilley providing chair massage
Kathy & Annie at Qi Gong Class with Supreme Science Foundation
Kathy Curry & Governor Bob Riley