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Be a part of the Henry Bell Open

Be a part of the Henry Bell Open


3rd annual benefit golf tournament Sept. 21

For the third straight year, organizers are planning another successful Henry Bell four man scramble set for Saturday, Sept. 21, at Meadowbrook Country Club.

Henry is the son of former Academies of West Memphis quarterback Holden Bell and his wife Kaylin Bell, and grandson to Tammi and Wes Bell of West Memphis. Henry was born on Aug. 1, 2014, severely premature, at just 24 weeks.

He weighed one pound, 12 ounces and was 12 inches long, given only a 10 percent chance of survival.

At day eight, he went into multi organ failure with the report that he wouldn’t make it through the night.

However, Henry underwent several surgeries since his birth and made it through despite all odds.

The main problem that went on during Henry’s NICU stay was intraventricular brain hemorrhages that turned into periventricular leukomalacia.

Henry is also legally blind with a condition known as Cortical Visual Impairment, where the brain and eyes don’t communicate.

Between physical therapy, occupational therapy, vision therapy and child developmental therapy therapists are constantly working on vision, decision making and had/trunk control and each day Henry works hard to reach his most potential.

This year Henry has been signed up for this special Christian school, the Little Lighthouse, which is based completely on donations.

There is a two year waiting list that many children are on due to the school’s lack of funds.

Also, there is a tremendous expense in providing things the school needs.

For example, a stander or gait trainer costs several thousand dollars and the school doesn’t get any financial assistance from the government or United Way. All of the money that comes in is from individuals and corporate donors done through fundraisers.

The school is a 501 (c) (3) organization, meaning all contributions are tax deductible.

All of the donations and funds raised at this year’s Henry Bell Open will go toward Henry’s school, school needs and his therapy.

“We are expecting another good turnout at this year’s tournament and are looking forward to the many generous

Registration for the Sept.

21 tournament will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

Entry fee per person is $80 and team fees are $320 all of which is tax deductible.

There will also be a cart and course fee. Course prizes will be given for a hold in one, longest drive and closest to the pin. Hole sponsorships are available.

Donors can also make checks payable to Henry Bell.

For additional information call Lance Bell at 870514-6364 or by e-mail at

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