Davenport Fights Back, Inc.

Davenport Fights Back, Inc. is the philanthropic faction of Fellows Trucking Group.

While family is paramount to the Fellows crew, community is important to them as well.

“God has blessed our family and our businesses time and time again over the years,” said family matriarch and Davenport Fights Back President Sue Fellows.

“We believe that it’s our obligation to pay that forward, and we take that obligation very seriously. Likewise, this community has been good to us – we’ve raised our kids here, and they’ve raised their kids here – we want to support our community to ensure that today’s children have the same opportunities that our kids had. Somebody paid it forward then – now it’s our turn.”

One way that they’ve been able to do that is through Davenport Fights Back, Inc., the non-profit company that the family founded to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

“Cancer hit our family hard,” said family patriarch Tom Fellows. “First my wife was diagnosed, then my daughter. To say that the disease caught our attention would be an understatement. But they’re strong women, and they fought back. Both are now in remission, but we are committed to continuing to fight back against this horrible disease, and our efforts with Davenport Fights Back is a way for us to do that.”

Davenport Fights Back, Inc. hosts an annual golf tournament, the Curing Cancer Charity Challenge, each fall to raise money for the American Cancer Society, in conjunction with Relay For Life.

“We used to hold all sorts of fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for the American Cancer Society, some definitely more successful than others,” Sue said. “We started trying to brainstorm as to what we could do to turn those into one big fundraiser. That’s when the Curing Cancer Charity Challenge golf tournament was born.”

The 2017 event marked the seventh year for the annual event, which draws golfers and sponsors from several states, as customers and vendors for all factions of Fellows Trucking Group joined to support the family’s efforts. The 2017 effort tallied a $25,000 donation to the American Cancer Society for the fight against cancer.

“Nearly every family has been hit by cancer,” said event co-coordinator and Fellows granddaughter Kristina Drexler. “Every person knows somebody who has been affected by this horrible disease. That’s why we’re diligent in our fundraising efforts for the American Cancer Society – it’s our way to fight back.”

Over the past 7 years, Davenport Fights Back has been able to raise over $100,000 for the American Cancer Society. 

The 2018 Curing Cancer Charity Challenge will be held on September 22, 2018 at Providence Golf Club in Davenport.

In 2014 and 2015, Davenport Fights Back hosted the Curing Cancer Charity Cast-Off fishing tournament.

The response was overwhelming, and the event tallied $7,000 for the American Cancer Society each year.  After the 2015 event Davenport Fights Back decided to focus on the Curing Cancer Charity Challenge as thier main event.

In addition to the golf and fishing tournaments tournament, Davenport Fights Back sells cancer-related merchandise at the Fellows Trucking Group office in Winter Haven.

“Every dollar counts – every dollar matters,” Drexler said. “We’ve seen the dollars that the American Cancer Society receives at work. Research matters. Today, cancer patients can fight back; that wasn’t always the case. And one day, a cure will be found. But until that day, families like ours, and companies like ours, have to remain committed to raising the dollars to fund the research to make the cure not just a possibility, but a reality.”

6541 Lucerne Park Rd
Winter Haven, FL 33881