Local lends a reel to help in fight with cystic fibrosis

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 28, 2004

Greenville resident Colin &uot;Big C&uot; MacGuire is known best for his Webster’s like knowledge of University of Alabama football trivia.

In two weeks, Big C will attempt to reel in some big fish as part of the second annual Kenny &uot;The Snake&uot; Stabler Red Bone Fishing Tournament in Orange Beach, which benefits cystic fibrosis.

&uot;I contacted Colin knowing that his enthusiasm and love for Alabama greats would go hand-in-hand with fishing,&uot; Red Trout Committee member and Alabama grad Tom Byars said. &uot;I just hope the Greenville community can support Big C as their representative in this prestigious tournament to help children with cystic fibrosis. To know Big C is out there fishing with two Alabama Head Coaches (Mike Shula and Ray Perkins) and his buddies Ken Stabler and Bob Boumhower adds to the excitement.&uot;

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Captain Gary Ellis, former fishing guide for Red Sox great Ted Williams, started the tournament in 1984 to help raise money for cystic fibrosis research and therapy after finding out his daughter had the disease. The tournaments are held all over the U.S. and in the Caribbean.

Big C said it’s an honor to be selected to participate in the event. He is one of 40 anglers competing, who will be accompanied by Alabama Gulf Coast guides. Others on hand will include Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore and former quarterback Jay Barker.

&uot;I think it’s great and it’s going to be a lot of fun,&uot; MacGuire said.

MacGuire will be soliciting Greenville residents for donations via the telephone over the next couple of weeks. He said he would like to raise $750 for the cause, but would love to exceed that amount. Last year, the Kenny Stabler tournament nearly raised $40,000.

Although Big C is rusty with a rod and reel, he plans to reel in a big one.

&uot;I haven’t fished in a long time, but we’ll give it a shot next Saturday,&uot; MacGuire said.

Cystic fibrosis is a disease that affects its victims from birth. There is no cure. Many cystic fibrosis children are living longer into their 30’s today thanks to advances in research and therapy.

If you would like to donate to the cause, call Big C at 382-8476.