Curing Kids Cancer Golf Classic raises more than $388,000

The 11th annual Curing Kids Cancer Golf Classic Presented by AT&T, held at The Manor Golf and Country Club on Monday, May 2, was an overwhelming success in taking one more step towards fighting childhood cancers.  With special guests including College Football Hall of Famer Randy Cross, college football journalist and analyst Tony Barnhart, former PGA professional Carl Paulson, and University of South Carolina's Men's Golf Coach Bill McDonald, the day was filled with tee shots and fundraising. 

Golfers enjoyed a picture-perfect day of golf at The Manor's pristine course, and ended the tournament back at the golf clubhouse for a program which included silent and live auctions, music by sister duo Winfield's Locket, and an emotional thank you by special guest speakers Jake and Tara Bailey, parents to 2-year-old Maylin, a childhood cancer survivor.

Curing Kids Cancer would like to thank all of the tournament's corporate sponsors.  For a complete list of supporters, please visit the tournament website.  CKC would also like to recognize Garrett Popcorn, Kendra Scott, Zaxby's, and Star 94.1 FM for their generous support of the event.

Special thanks to  Mecum Auction's  head auctioneer Mark Delzell for leading a lively auction and the call-to-fund donation portion of the evening.  Tournament guests came together and raised more than $30,000 in ten minutes for multiple pieces of lab of equipment needed for the pediatric cancer research lab at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.  

Overall, more than $388,000 was raised from the tournament, benefiting the most innovative and leading pediatric cancer research and treatments in North America.
Photos From The Tournament
Guests that attended the Golf Classic can now view and download photographs from the event here.  The password to access the album is curingkidscancer.

More photos can be found on the Curing Kids Cancer Facebook page, here.  Thank you to Jeff McPhail and Photography by Zelda for capturing the day!

Medical Buzz

Dr. Maryam Fouladi
Dr. Maryam Fouladi graduated from the University of Toronto School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency and hematology/oncology fellowship training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Fouladi then completed her neuro-oncology fellowship training at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Dr. Fouladi moved to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 2008 to become the medical director of the Neuro-Oncology Program. Dr. Fouladi is currently a full professor and the Marjory J. Johnson Endowed Chair in Brain Tumor Translational Research. Dr. Fouladi was elected chair of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium from 2012-2016. She has chaired multiple national and institutional Phase I, II, and III clinical trials of new agents for central nervous system malignancies through the Children's Oncology Group, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium, and local studies. Dr. Fouladi has extensive experience in the development and execution of trials, translational research and helping guide the agenda for pediatric neuro-oncology clinical trials nationally.

Curing Kids Cancer is proud to support Dr. Fouladi's work at Cincinnatti Children's!  Thanks to all of Curing Kids Cancer's donors, big things are happening in the brain tumor research field.
Meet Jayden Watts

Jayden Watts

Nine-year-old Jayden Watts has battled leukemia twice. Diagnosed when he was 4, he is a true fighter.  Some of Jayden's favorite things are Batman & video games!

This spring, Jayden pulled a fire truck along with the help of his team at the annual Columbia, SC Curing Kids Cancer Fire Truck Pull fundraiser. He also enjoyed the Fun Day with the Horses with the USC Equestrian Team.  He & his 4 siblings had a great day riding, feeding, & caring for the horses.

Curing Kids Cancer always enjoys spending time with Jayden, and we look forward to the next event in South Carolina where we can do so!

Celebrity Sightings
Golf Classic Celebrity Panel (from left to right ): PGA pro Carl Paulson, CKC founders Grainne and Clay Owen, USC Men's golf team member Matt NeSmith, College Football analyst Tony Barnhart, USC Men's golf coach Bill McDonald, CKC supporter Tim Young, former NFL player Randy Cross, and Star 94.1 FM's afternoon radio host Cassiday Proctor.
Richard Petty at Mecum Indianapolis

Curing Kids Cancer met racing legend Richard Petty at May's Mecum Indianapolis auction.  Petty autographed a 'SOLD on Curing Kids Cancer' sign and posed for photos.
Happy Helpers

We Love Our Volunteers!

Curing Kids Cancer has some hardworking volunteers.  So far this year, our favorite photographer Zelda Johns has attended CKC's two largest fundraisers to capture the moments and help us make memories!  Zelda's attention to detail and professionalism make her our volunteer of the month!  Thank you Zelda for lending your talents to Curing Kids Cancer.  Please consider Photography by Zelda for your next memory-making event or photo shoot!

Zelda and her son

Looking for ways to get involved with Curing Kids Cancer?  Want to plan a fundraiser to benefit our organization?  Contact Lauren Korthoff, Director of Programs and Events.

Plan a Fundraiser of your own.  Need some ideas?  Here are some easy summer ideas to get you started.

 Summer Dress-down Days:  Talk with your employer and choose a day where your coworkers can wear jeans, T-shirts or other attire that differs from your company's dress code in return for a donation to Curing Kids Cancer.

 Neighborhood Ice Cream Social: We all scream for Ice Cream!  Plan a day for ice cream, games and music to bring your neighbors and their families together. Purchase or make your own ice cream, have topping stations, and collect donations for CKC with the ice cream.  Showing an outdoor "drive-in" movie (project the movie on the side of someone's house) make the long summer nights fun for the whole family!

Eat for a Cause: Speak with the management at your favorite restaurant about sponsoring a percentage day.  This would entail the restaurant donating a percentage of their profits on a designated day/night for Curing Kids Cancer in exchange for encouraging supporters to eat there.  CKC can help with the promotion on social media and in our monthly newsletter!
    Upcoming Events
Mecum Motorcycles, Chicago
June 10-11

We are excited to see how much we can raise at the Mecum motorcycle auction coming up in Chicago.  If you are interested in learning more about this auction, click here .
If you are interested in donating a car or other auction item, please contact  Account Manager at Curing Kids Cancer Mikaela Hopkins.
Mecum, Portland
June 17-18

The Curing Kids Cancer will be attending the Portland Mecum auction later in June . This exciting auction is slated to have over 600 vehicles up for auction as well as the CKC Neon sign!

Coaches Curing Kids Cancer

As your child's youth sports team is wrapping up their spring season, don't forget to think about Curing Kids Cancer when it comes time to purchase a gift for the coach.  Make a meaningful gesture and use CKC's Coaches program to help a child battling cancer while recognizing your child's coach for a successful sporting season!

To learn more about the Coaches program, click here.
First and Gold Awareness Campaign
September 1-30

College football programs in the SEC and ACC join forces during the month of September to raise awareness for childhood cancers.  Look for your favorite SEC and ACC football teams to be sporting Curing Kids Cancer helmet stickers and gear during a designated home game during September.
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