The Fore Amigos
Four long-time friends are bonded by their love of golf and their experience with cancer.
No one seems to know exactly when Jim McGee, Dale Harris, Don McKinney and Jim Nordquist became a regular golf foursome at The Dalles Country Club. It happened too long ago.
“I think we were just put together one time, like any other foursome,” says McGee, the senior member of the group at age 85.
However it happened, the four have been playing the course together for decades, They’re all longtime members at the well-kept nine-hole layout just west of town on the old Columbia River Highway, where it seems they might enjoy zinging each other with stories and good-natured ribs as much as their golf game together. They’ve all lived in the area for decades and raised their families here.
They’ve something else in common, too. All four men are either current or former patients at Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s Celilo Cancer Center. And while getting cancer is an experience they all would have gladly skipped, they’re grateful for having the innovative, highly rated care of Celilo’s skilled staff nearby.
“They’ve really treated me well,” says Harris. “It’s been everything you could want.”
Harris, 81, is recovering from some intense radiation therapy at Celilo during the winter to reduce tumors in both lungs. And McGee, who has battled both prostate and bladder cancers during the last decade, is just as high on Celilo, too.
“They’ve got some great people there,” he says. “And I think I’ve been treated by everyone here at one time or another.”
Cancer treatments have kept Harris and McGee off the golf course, but Harris recently felt well enough to start playing again, and McGee – who also receives kidney dialysis three days a week — is thinking about a comeback, too.