Golf Fights Cancer Marathon Raises $750K, Setting a Record
June 7, 2021 — Golf Fights Cancer, a Norton-based nonprofit that raises funds from golfers to support cancer related organizations and families living with the disease, today announced it raised $750,000 through its annual golf marathon, setting a record for the 15-year-old event.
The amount raised this year was more than double last year’s $362,000. The event, held June 3-4 at Juniper Hill Golf Course in Northborough, also attracted a record-setting 85 golfers, nearly double last year’s 43 golfers.
Funds raised during this year’s marathon will primarily support DetecTogether, a national nonprofit that teaches people how to recognize the earliest warning signs of cancer.
“The excitement for this year’s event is amazing, as is the collective power of our fundraisers,” said Brian Oates, founder and chairman of Golf Fights Cancer (GFC). “It’s inspiring to see the impact that people who share a common interest can make in the fight against cancer.”
This year, the marathon was held for the first time ran for two days, instead of one.
The marathon differs from traditional golf tournaments in that golfers agree to play 100 holes of golf in a single day instead of a standard round, or rounds, of golf.
One third of all funds raised by GFC support research. Other uses include survivorship programs (17%), financial relief (16%), funding positions (15%), equipment and facilities (11%), and palliative care (8%).
In addition to supporting DetecTogether, recent GEC grantees included One Mission, a pediatric cancer charity that supports children and families during hospital stays, and the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, which supports parents of children with cancer.
To date, GFC has granted $7.1 million to 70 different cancer-related charities.
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