2022 Will Golf 4 Kids Tournament
and Color of Hope Gala
Support kids fighting cancer at Arkansas Children’s Northwest
By Shannon Porter | Photos courtesy of Arkansas Children’s Northwest and Beth Hall Photography
Carter with his parents, Alex and Brad Harris
Carter with Dr. Robert Saylors
It’s time to pull your team together for the 2022 Will Golf 4 Kids Tournament! This year’s socially distanced, in-person event will be held Aug. 4 and 5 at Bella Vista Country Club and Kingswood Golf Course.
Then, on Aug. 6, gather your friends and put on your favorite shade of pink for the 2022 Color of Hope virtual gala, chaired by Tamara and John Roberts.
Watch the first-ever TV broadcast of the Color of Hope Gala from 7 to 8 p.m. on KNWA — and see highlights from the Concert of Hope featuring GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum and CMA New Artist of the Year, Jimmie Allen.
Both events will help kids fighting cancer get the care they need at Arkansas Children’s Northwest — kids like Carter Harris, this year’s Color of Hope Champion Child.
In January 2021, Carter’s mom, Alex, noticed other kids at Carter’s birthday party trying to clean icing off her son’s forehead. “They were laughing and trying to wipe it off, and I thought to myself, ‘I don’t think that’s icing; I think that’s a bruise,’” Alex said.
Alex had noticed tiny red spots, called petechiae, on Carter earlier in the week. She suddenly went cold when she realized petechiae and bruising can be early symptoms of leukemia.
Within hours of arriving at ACNW, Carter, who was born with Down syndrome, was diagnosed with a type of cancer called B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He was immediately transported to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock to begin treatment.
After months of extensive treatment, Carter is now in what doctors call the maintenance phase, which is treatment to help keep cancer from coming back after it has disappeared following initial therapy. Carter’s maintenance phase is scheduled to continue until March 2023 and includes chemotherapy, steroids and spinal taps.
The appointments are hard, but thankfully Carter can now receive his treatments at ACNW. With expert care less than an hour from their home, the family has not had to move or change jobs — and even more importantly, Carter is able to spend more time with his 18-year-old sister, Kali.
Thanks to the generous Northwest Arkansas community, past events have raised more than $19 million for ACNW. Funds raised at this year’s Will Golf 4 Kids Tournament and Color of Hope Gala will support the hematology and oncology program at ACNW and help kids like Carter receive care close to home.