Archive for Thursday, June 17, 2010

Falcon Lakes golf tournament benefits cancer foundation

June 17, 2010

The spirit of giving filled Falcon Lakes Golf Club Sunday as men and women from around the state gathered to play golf and donate to a worthy cause.

The Lexus Champions for Charity second annual golf tournament took place to benefit a local organization, the Touched by Cancer Foundation. Registered participants received free Odyssey putters, played a round of golf and Texas Hold ‘Em, went to a silent auction and had the opportunity to snag several prizes, including a Lexus automobile and golf packages at Pebble Beach, the Links at Spanish Bay and Spyglass Hill.

The Touched by Cancer Foundation was founded by Lori Lober, who at the age of 36 was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. She was told she had only 18 months to live, but this was a fate she would not accept, TBCF chairperson Cheryl Morgan said.

“She refused to take that diagnosis, and 10 years later, she’s still here,” Morgan said.

The foundation, with an office located at 11501 Granada in Leawood, is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization that provides alternate services for cancer patients or anyone with a friend or family member diagnosed with cancer. Some of the foundation’s most popular services, Morgan said, are massage therapy, yoga and acupuncture.

“We offer alternative and complimentary treatments for patients and services for families and friends, as well,” Morgan said. “We see patients with all forms of cancer and provide evidence-based, responsible and effective services. All of our volunteers have background checks and are thoroughly trained.”

Falcon Lakes has long been a supporter of the foundation, Morgan said, and the tournament funds – which amounted to $25,000 – will help offset payments made to practitioners who perform treatments through the organization. The golf club jumped at the opportunity to help a local cancer organization through such a large event.

“I learned about this foundation and the extraordinary work they do for area cancer patients,” Marty Streiff, owner of Falcon Lakes Golf Club and tournament co-chairman, said in a press release. “There is an immediate need to help right here in our own community, and I knew I had to put our golf course to work with a special tournament to raise money.”

While the foundation aids cancer patients medically, it also provides an emotional outlet to each person, Morgan said. The organization gives men and women affected by cancer a safe place to let out frustration, ask questions or seek a caring shoulder.

“Sometimes all someone wants is a foot rub or someone to hold their hand,” Morgan said. “I had one patient say to me, ‘I just need to cry.’ And I sat with her and just let her cry for a while. We’re here to give people anything they need to cope. We give them back hope and give their families or friends hope. Sometimes that’s all you need.”

For more information or to donate or volunteer with TBCF, call (913) 381-8488 or visit its website, touchedbycancerfoundation.org.

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