Tee Up For Tots



A few weeks ago I was on the golf course at Hilton El Conquistador Country Club donating my services to photograph the Tee Up For Tots Golf Tournament (www.teeupfortots.org), which raises money for funding pediatric cancer research at Steele Children’s Research Center (www.steelecenter.arizona.edu) on the campus of UMC in Tucson, Arizona. I’m happy to say I’ve done this each year for the 11 year history of the organization. It’s both a fun and heartbreaking event as the golfers enjoy taking a day off from work for a round of golf, but then complete play and come in for the “19th Hole” lunch and hear the stories of families whose children have been stricken with cancer. There’s not a dry eye in the house – even from the toughest of men. Jerry and Kathy Zillman, the organization’s founders, had a daughter, Courtney, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at just six months old and, despite bone marrow transplants, passed away on Thanksgiving day ten years ago at a mere four years of age. It was her diagnosis  that inspired them to be proactive and form this organization, which raises funds both for research and to help the impacted families through their family assistance program.  Times are tough, but if you are looking for a worthy depository for your philanthropic dollars, please consider Tee Up For Tots or the Steele Children’s Research Center.

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