Bass tourney raising money to combat rare disease

Published 10:27 am Tuesday, March 28, 2017

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – Local fishing enthusiasts will have a chance to enjoy a day on the water while raising money to combat a rare disease in southern Shelby County in early May.

On Saturday, May 6, the Mike L. Jezdimir Transverse Myelitis Foundation will host its fifth-annual Transverse Myelitis bass tournament. The event will begin at sunrise at Shelby County’s Beeswax Creek boat ramp at 245 Beeswax Park Road in Columbiana, and will last until 3 p.m.

The tournament winner is guaranteed $1,000, while payouts for second, third and fourth places will be based on the total boat field.

The $100 per-person entry fee includes a cash pot for the biggest catch of the day. There will be a five-fish limit per team, and solo anglers will be allowed.

To register for the event, which is sponsored by Little Caesars on Alabama 25 in Columbiana, visit or call event organizer Mike Jezdimir at 453-3946 or 202-7260.

All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Maylene-based foundation, which works to support finding a cure and preventative measures for the inflammatory diseases transverse myelitis and multiple sclerosis.

Transverse myelitis is a rare spinal cord disease causing loss of muscle usage, extreme fatigue and pain.