Special to the Times-Free Press
East Boston resident Ben Vainer will play in his second Golf Fights Cancer Golf Marathon on June 3 to help raise funds for DetecTogether, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that teaches individuals how to detect cancer early and be active partners in their healthcare.
Vainer, a three-year cancer survivor, understands the importance of raising money for early detection. He states “I participate in the Golf Marathon as a way to honor all the love and support I received during my battle with cancer, and turn that gratitude into action by giving back and supporting others going through it. Plus, any day on the course is a great day!” In the last two years, Vainer has raised $10,353 that makes an immediate and tangible impact on cancer patients and their families.
The 2021 Golf Marathon brings together two organizations – Golf Fights Cancer and DetecTogether – that are deeply committed to fighting cancer and saving lives. Funds raised during this year’s GFC event primarily benefit DetecTogether, a national nonprofit that teaches people how to recognize the earliest warning signs of cancer. “When cancer is detected early, people have the best chance of surviving and treatment can be less invasive,” says Tricia Laursen, DetecTogether President and Executive Director. “Knowing what to watch for and when to act is lifesaving.” DetecTogether brings its education to firefighters, young adults and community groups for free, thanks to the generosity of supporters.
For the first time ever, GFC organizers added a second day of golf marathoning and surpassed its unprecedented fundraising goal of $500,000. “The excitement for this year’s event is amazing, as is the collective power of our fundraisers,” says GFC Chairman and Co-Founder, Brian Oates. “It’s incredibly inspiring to see the impact that people who share a common interest can make in the fight against cancer.”
The Golf Marathon will take place on June 3 and 4, at Juniper Hill Golf Course in Northborough, Mass.
Golf Fights Cancer
Golf Fights Cancer (GFC) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that taps into the passion and generosity of all golfers to raise much needed funds for cancer related organizations and families living with the disease. Specifically, GFC makes targeted donations for equipment, services, and/or amenities that make an immediate positive impact on treatment and the experience for both the patient and family.
DetecTogether is a 501(c)(3) addressing an unmet need in the cancer world. We teach people how to identify early warning signs of cancer to save lives. We do not know who will get cancer, but we do know that 40% of us will receive a diagnosis in our lifetime.