Valley grandmother turns favorite hobby into opportunity to help others

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(Source: CBS 5) (Source: CBS 5)

Dottie Honsberger has a passion for golf and helping others, and she's found a way to do both at the same time.

"I think we are a community where we all help each other and that's what we do," said Honsberger.

The Sun City grandmother has spent the past 14 years putting together a charity golf tournament that raises money for the Sun Health Foundation, an organization devoted to improving cancer treatment and care in the northwest Valley.

Honsberger's husband, father and several close friends are all cancer survivors.

"Sometimes, it's just so hopeless," said Honsberger. "We like to give them hope. They need to have hope and I think that comes from people like us."

The tens of thousands of dollars Honsberger and other volunteers have raised over the years has helped purchase new equipment for cancer centers, update biopsy procedures, and provide free mammographies for patients who can't afford them.

Fellow volunteer Diana Pomeroy wanted to thank Honsberger for her kindness and generosity, so she reached out to CBS 5 to Pay it Forward to the woman who's always chipping in. 

"She needs to be appreciated for all the work she does for our community," said Pomeroy.  "She needs to be acknowledged for it. She puts in time and effort and it's important to her."

Pomeroy surprised her friend on the golf course, with a CBS 5 news crew following along.

"It's always in your heart to help somebody, and you've helped Sun Health Foundation with equipment and with breast cancer awareness," Pomeroy told her friend. "I reached out to CBS 5 to Pay it Forward, and I'd like to present you with $500."

This year's North Course Annual Charity Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, October 16, 2017.

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