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Breck's Thoughts: Golf Tournaments and Cystic Fibrosis Fundraisers

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Cystic Fibrosis and Golf are practically intertwined for me.  The first time I learned about Cystic Fibrosis was as a teenager when I babysat for a little boy and little girl whose parents threw an annual Cystic Fibrosis Golf Tournament fundraiser in my hometown.  That little boy had CF. 



I remember babysitting for the family for several years during the weekend of the golf tournament fundraiser.  It was always a blast playing with the kids and taking care of them when their parents were preoccupied with such an enormous venture.   I remember spending half of the time at the house hanging out and the other half of the time hanging out on the golf course (the only time I ever spent time on a golf course).

I'll never forget out naturally curious I was about this annual golf tournament fundraiser - how it worked and why the adults in my hometown looked forward to it every year.  It did look like fun and I hoped at some point - later when I was a grown adult - I'd get to participate in it myself.  (I also remember being very curious about Cystic Fibrosis, in general, and why these particular parents worked so hard to raise money for CF.)


It's more than ironic that the weekends I spent babysitting during the Cystic Fibrosis Golf Tournament are now more to me than just sweet memories.  While, at one time, I was at the periphery of these moments - looking in, watching and observing - now, I find myself at the center.

I, once, watched two parents labor tirelessly to raise money for a cure for their son.  And now, I relive those memories with a thankful heart knowing what none of us could have known at the time - they were raising money for a cure for my future son, as well.

A few weeks ago, I received a call from Amy at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation asking if Brian and I would like to participate in a...wait for it, wait for it...a CF golf tournament fundraiser.  Apparently, a company had sponsored a team but the team members were unable to fill the spots.  She asked Brian and three of his friends might like to come play.

I was so excited and honored.  Of course, we jumped at the opportunity to help, especially at a time when financially we wouldn't be able to participate otherwise.


This is the 10th year that the CF Dougie Classic in Waco has been held - about the same age as the little boy for whom it is put on.  Another little boy with CF.  Another golf tournament.  Another set of parents working tirelessly to raise money for a cure.



Brian and Peter (two of the 4 team members) stand in front of the scoreboard.  I won't reveal their score but will say...at least they didn't come in last. :)  All four of the guys said they had a great time playing.  I thought they were incredibly brave to jump in and play in a tournament, despite their collective lack of golf experience.  However, they said, for them, it was more about camaraderie and support for CF.


The wives were invited to the last part of the golf tournament - the evening event and silent auction.  I so much enjoyed getting to meet people who make a difference on behalf of Bennett.

This is us with Amy from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  I have spoken with her a few times over the course of the year.  She's been a great resource during that time and first introduced me to Gordon, the golf tournament organizer.


We had a chance to meet Gordon (center left) and his son while we were at the tournament.  Gordon and I spoke on the phone a few times when Bennett's diagnosis was still very fresh.  Gordon had some great advice for us and has many times offered to help us with whatever we need.  I also really enjoyed meeting Douglas, Gordon's son who has CF.  Douglas is a handsome boy who, when we met him, seemed happy and not the least held back by Cystic Fibrosis.  It's always nice and encouraging to meet a strong kid with Cystic Fibrosis.


The Dougie Classic ended up raising more than $48,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation that day!  And considering 90 cents of every dollar of that goes directly to research, that is so encouraging!  In fact, a local company picked up the entire tab of the golf tournament so that every person's dollar given to the tournament went to the CF Foundation.  I was grinning ear to ear to think that this would not only help Douglas...but Bennett too.   

During the dinner later in the evening when I was sharing my Golf-and-Cystic Fibrosis-are-intertwined-story, our friend Peter said to me, "It's kinda funny to think that you used to babysit during those CF golf tournaments and now you're paying someone to babysit for you!"

I smiled.  "Yes, it is, isn't it?" I replied.  "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."  Romans 8:28:

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