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Third Annual Heroes of Hope Fundraising Golf Tournament Scheduled for Saturday, April 17th


Posted on: 03/10/2004

PressGolf: 3/9/04
Contact Info: Lisa Millar, 703-729-9897 DNL1231@aol.com

Third Annual Heroes of Hope Fundraising Golf Tournament Scheduled for Saturday, April 17th

Adults and Children Are Invited to Join in at Play and Shop for a CURE to Raise Money to Support Brain Tumor Research

March 9, 2004 — Ashburn, VA — The Brad Kaminsky Foundation for Brain Tumor Research, a not for profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for brain tumor research, will host its Third Annual Heroes of Hope Golf Tournament at the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg on Saturday, April 17th.

The golf tournament begins at 1:30 pm with a shotgun start and dinner will follow at 7:00 pm. There will be 144 golfers in this best ball tournament and many contests including two hole in one chances to win a new car, compliments of Select Auto Imports of Alexandria, VA and Hertz Car Sales!

Running concurrently to the golf tournament, there will be a daylong fundraising event, Play and Shop for a CURE, where adults and children can come to have fun and support a worthwhile cause. The family day will feature carnival games, moonbounce, sporting contests, strolling clown, snacks and other amusement for children. For adults, home-based businesswomen will showcase their products and donate a portion of sales to brain tumor research. Businesses represented will be Pampered Chef, Longaberger baskets, Usbourne Books, Southern Living, Premier Jewelry, Silpada Jewelry, Tastefully Simple, Discovery Toys and “Faux the Fun” of it. There will also be a Silent Auction that will close at the commencement of the dinner and bidding is open to anyone attending the festivities. There will be a special Children’s section of the Silent Auction and all monies raised from that area will directly fund pediatric brain tumor research.

“Since there is no registration or fee to participate in the Play or Shop for a CURE, we ask for a nominal $5 donation per person,” said foundation President, Lisa Millar. “This donation will directly fund brain tumor research. Last year through everyone’s generous participation, we were able to a raise over $25,000, which was presented to Duke University’s Brain Tumor Center specifically for research for a CURE.”

According to National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society Statistics, Brain tumors are now the leading cause of death from childhood cancers among persons up to 19 years of age, as well as the leading cause of cancer related death in males ages 20-39 and the fifth leading cause of cancer related death in women of this age group. Glioblastoma Multiforme, the most aggressive of malignant brain tumors accounts for 23% of all tumors and the prognosis is very poor with the average survival time being 12-18 months after diagnosis.

“This day is dedicated to all those battling a brain tumor and to raising HOPE that a CURE will be found as well as to the memory of all those who have passed away from a brain tumor.” Says Millar. The tournament’s co developer, Lisa Gibson, a Springfield, VA resident, passed away last year from a brain tumor. “This tournament is in her memory as well as the memory of Mclean resident Bob Carter, Jr. and Falls Church resident Tony Leonard.” Both men passed away last year from a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor.

Brain Tumor Awareness Week is May 2-9, 2004. There will be activities in Washington DC including the Cassidy and Pinkard 5k run on May 2, and all over the country. This golf tournament will be an early kickoff to Brain Tumor Awareness Week. “I hope people will realize how lethal this disease is and how much research is needed to find effective treatments and ultimately a cure. I want people to know that just by showing up (for any part of the event) they are helping to put an end to brain tumors!”

The Children’s events run from 4:00-6:00 pm and the Shopping portion runs from 4:30-7:30 pm. There will also be an awards dinner that will begin at 7:00pm. Registration is required for the dinner and the cost for attending is $50. You may register for the event at www.tbkf.org/golftournament or by calling Lisa Millar at 703-729-9897.

The Brad Kaminsky Foundation for Brain Tumor Research was started in 2000 when Ashburn, VA resident, Lisa Millar’s brother, Brad, was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor. Brad was a young father and passed away in 2001 at the age of 29. Millar, along with many “warriors” affected by brain tumors, has vowed to continue the fight in honor of those still battling and in memory of those who can no longer fight. Visit www.tbkf.org to learn more.

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