Northborough Golf Marathon Tees Off To Raise $1,000,000 For Cancer Research

Photo: Suzanne Sausville / WBZ NewsRadio

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.

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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:

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