Jim Clark Sr., still remembers when his 19-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer three years ago.
"It is just the worst experience in the world to watch your child go through cancer and everything that that means," said Clark, of Red Lion.
Jimmy Clark Jr. is now cancer free, but the Penn State York sophomore continues to raise money to help children battling cancer.
The 3rd annual Poker With Jimmy Texas hold 'em poker tournament will be held Saturday at the Goodwill Fire Co., 2318 S. Queen St.
Players will be admitted at noon for a $20 advance donation or $30 donation at the door, and games begin at 1 p.m.
Anyone age 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
The first-place winner has a choice of prizes including a three-day trip to Las Vegas, big screen television or an Apple bundle including an iPad, accessories and a $100 iTunes gift card.
Anyone who has played at a previous Poker With Jimmy event can take a friend and receive an extra $20 in poker chips.
The proceeds: The prizes and everything else at the tournament have been donated, so all of the money raised will go toward the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.
"I cannot stress the importance of an organization like the Four Diamonds Fund that right at the beginning says, 'We know you are going through a lot, and you don't have to worry about the expenses.' That does mean a lot," said Jim Clark Sr.
When his son was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, in his right leg in 2008, he was treated at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. He also had surgery to remove a tumor and save his leg at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
The Four Diamonds Fund was able to help the Clark
family with expenses their insurance did not cover, such as deductibles, said Jim Clark Sr.
In the last two years, the Poker with Jimmy events have raised more than $21,000 for the Four Diamonds Fund, he said.
Jimmy Clark Jr. graduated from Red Lion Area High School in 2010. He came up with the event as a way to give back because he loves playing poker, said Jim Clark Sr.
"We're excited about the poker tournament, and hopefully we'll get a lot of poker players out there and raise a lot of money," Jim Clark Sr. said.
For more information on the poker tournament, call 870-7409 or visit www.pokerwithjimmy.com.
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