NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Over a hundred golfers gathered at Juniper Hills in Northborough to hit the links, swinging to raise one million dollars to fight cancer Thursday and Friday.
The non-profit organization, Golf Fights Cancer, put on the two-day fundraiser to bring financial support to the treatment and care of many cancer patients and their families.
"People play a hundred holes in a day, they may play two balls on one par forward and three balls on the par three and some folks will play a hundred in a row," Co-Founder of Golf Fights Cancer Brian Oates said.
According to the fundraiser's website, GFC has raised more than 12 million dollars since its beginnings in 2003.
Each participant is expected to raise a minimum of $3,000, with the top donators far exceeding that with upwards of $100,000 in contribution.
GFC works with a multitude of leading organizations that specialize in cancer prevention and education, research, financial support for treatment, among others.
"When I was in kindergarten my friend passed away from a type of brain cancer called [diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma] and so I've been doing it since then in his name," 13-year-old Ryan McGuire of Foxboro told WBZ's Suzanne Sausville. According to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, DIPG is a glial cancer that accounts for ten percent of all childhood central nervous system tumors.
McGuire says this is his eighth year doing the marathon.
"We're making the world a better place, we're curing cancer, in some regard, so playing golf is easy," Oates said.
WBZ's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) reports: