Please donate to the VIRTUAL 16th Annual Chad Blum Memorial Golf Tournament before Tuesday, September 22nd.
Why is this year’s tournament being held VIRTUALLY?
We’ve got some good news and some bad news to share with you. But with your continued help and support we know we can turn our bad news into good news once again!
First, the good news. As a direct result of your past support of our annual golf tournament our “grass roots” charity has donated over $240,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation Mid-Atlantic and granted the wishes of 36 children facing life threatening diseases.
You read that correctly. We have raised nearly ONE QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS for this very worthy charity. ALL BECAUSE OF YOU! Without your support we wouldn’t have been able to help so many children find joy and distraction from the terrible diseases they are fighting.
Whether you participated in one tournament, all 15 of them, or simply wrote us a check, you made a difference and we thank you.
This year’s tournament was scheduled before we even held our last one. We were looking forward to sharing the moment when we crossed the Quarter Million Dollar mark with all of you who have been so instrumental and important to our efforts.
Our 2015 tournament was scheduled on what we’re sure will be another beautiful day for a golf tournament. But I’m afraid this is where the bad news comes in to play. Sadly, we’ve had to cancel this year’s tournament.
You all know and love our fearless leader, Steve Mowrey. He founded the tournament in our stepbrother’s name all those years ago and the tournament has been a labor of love for him and our family. We raise money in Chad’s name and in the name of Alyssa Matus, our niece who passed away 14 years ago just prior to turning nine, and had benefited from a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World.
What you might not know about Steve is that eight years ago he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. He was lucky that it was caught early and he had surgery to remove the cancer. Over the past eight years he’s been closely monitored and all has gone well…until this past February when his cancer returned.
Once diagnosed, Steve had five weeks of oral chemotherapy and daily radiation. On July 6th he had surgery to remove the cancerous part of his colon and soon he will be starting IV chemotherapy for four months. Steve’s prognosis is excellent and he is expected to make a full recovery, but the path to getting there is long and grueling.
Steve really wanted to try and hold the tournament once again but we’ve convinced him that this year he needs to focus on himself and his recovery. He’s agreed, and reluctantly cancelled this year’s tournament.
But what he doesn’t know is that we have other plans. We’re still planning on crossing that $250,000 milestone amount this year and we’re still planning on granting wishes to sick children in our area again just as we have for the last 15 years. And we’re going to surprise Steve once we’re done.
Just as we couldn’t have gotten where we are today without your past support, we can’t pull this off without your help this year. Will you help us again? This is our plan….
We’re going to hold a virtual golf tournament this year and on September 25th, the day of our planned tournament, we’re going to show up at Steve’s house with a giant check letting him know how much we’ve all raised in his name for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We’ll record the entire ceremony and share it on our website and our Facebook page and we’ll email it to all of you as well.
So this is where we need your help. To put it bluntly, we need your money. If you played as a single golfer in the past, would you donate the same amount again this year?
If you bought a foursome in the past would you donate the same amount again this year?
If you sponsored a hole in the past would you donate the same amount again this year?
This year, since we’ll have no expenses to pay, 100% of every dollar you send us will go right back out to Make-A-Wish to fund more wishes. For a child with a life-threatening medical condition, a wish experience can give back what the illness takes away. It can help children forget about being sick…remember how to be kids…laugh out loud…and inspire them to keep making plans for the future.
And for Steve, the love that he’ll feel from all of you in the form of a donation will do so much for him as he travels this long and difficult road to recovery. Nothing will mean more to him than your support of his charity. It’s his baby and he still desperately wants to nurture it.
We’re going to ask you for one more favor. Would you write Steve a letter of encouragement and support and enclose it with your donation? You can download the letterhead here. He’d love to hear from you.
Even if your circumstances can’t support a donation this year, we’d love for you to write him a letter of encouragement and support. We’re going to put them into a binder and present it to him when we present the big check to him on September 25th.
So, please send your letters and donations back to us by September 22nd.
With sincere thanks for your continued support,
Chad Blum Memorial Charities Board of Directors
P.S. We’d be remiss if we didn’t take this opportunity to tell you that colon cancer screening saves lives. Screening detects precancerous polyps and allows them to be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colon cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure. So please, take control of your life and your health – if you’re turning 50 or are experiencing abnormal symptoms, GET SCREENED. If you’ve already turned 50 and haven’t gotten screened, get off your rear end and go do it! And urge those you love to do the same.
Please send the following documents with your donation to:
Chad Blum Memorial Charities
PO Box 1051
Sykesville, MD 21784