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Colin Jones' family hopes golf tournament will become an annual event.
by: John Klicker, Janet and Kevin Jones hold a picture of their son, Colin who died of leukemia, in the memorial garden they have created for him outside of their Gresham home. The couple has organized a golf tournament and picnic to raise funds for a scholarship in Colin’s name and for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

When Gresham residents Janet and Kevin Jones learned that their 22-year-old son, Colin, had acute myelogenous leukemia they were devastated.

'We all had a big cry together,' Janet said.

Colin, a 2000 Reynolds High School graduate, was an honors student, a champion athlete and a beloved son. He enjoyed camping and fishing and hoped to one day become a teacher and coach.

Colin went into a brief remission in 2005, but his health soon began to decline again.

His family was hopeful that his cancer would go into remission again and promised to help him buy either a new truck or a late model mustang that he had been coveting when he recovered.

But after what seemed like a never-ending string of transfusions, biopsies and surgeries, Colin's doctor's determined that he needed a bone marrow transplant.

'We were hoping it would be a simple search for a match,' Janet said.

For one reason or another, various family members were ruled out, and finally, after his doctors initiated a worldwide search, they found a donor.

But by that time Colin had contracted a viral infection and was too weak to receive the transplant.

'Leukemia is a very complex, cruel disease,' Janet said. 'You sort of resolve one thing, and then there's always something else.'

Colin died on Nov. 2, 2005.

In the days after his death, Janet and Kevin decided to use the money they intended to put toward a new vehicle to create a scholarship in his name.

They established the Colin L. Jones Memorial Sports Foundation Scholarship for an outstanding Reynolds High School senior who exemplified all of the qualities they saw in their son.

The Jones family awarded their first $2,000 scholarship in May.

After months of planning, and with the help of numerous family members and friends, Janet and Kevin have organized a golf tournament, which they hope will become an annual event to raise money for the scholarship fund.

The first groups will tee off at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, on Glendoveer Golf Course's west course, 14015 N.E. Glisan St., Portland.

Cost is $65 per person, or $75 per person for those planning to attend the tournament and the picnic, which will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Columbia Park, 1900 S.W. Imagination Way, Troutdale, near Reynolds High School.

Those who do not wish to golf are invited to attend the picnic and enjoy a meal of chicken or ribs. Cost is $12 per person, or $5 for a children's hot dog lunch.

Food will be served between 3 and 6 p.m.

The deadline to register for either event is Thursday, Aug. 31.

In addition to the picnic, other events at the park will include a hoop shoot, a putting contest and a home run derby.

Proceeds from the picnic will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

If you go

What: The Colin L. Jones Memorial Sports Foundation Golf Tournament.

When: The first tee time is at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17.

Where: Glendoveer Golf Course, 14015 N.E. Glisan St., Portland.

Cost: $65 per person. Mulligans are extra. Golf carts can be reserved for $26.

Registration deadline: Thursday, Aug. 31.

For more information: Visit www.colinjonesmsf.com.