If you are visiting this page you probably know why I have taken this Golf Marathon challenge once again. And if you don't know why...
Try closing your right eye for any extended period of time. Let's call it a minute. Try to walk (or run) around your house like that. Try to watch an iPad. Try to do a handstand. Try to chase after a ball outside. My daughter Kylie lives every day this way (yes, even doing the handstands!) because cancer took her right eye two years ago, and since that day she has never complained for even one second. She smiles, sings, laughs, colors, tells knock-knock jokes, plays a mean game of hide and seek and dances until she falls down. That's why I do the Golf Fights Cancer Marathon, because we are lucky to get to watch our beautiful little girl grow up, even if it's a little different experience than most. Here's a funny story for example: like most this time of year, she is battling spring allergies which means it's eye-rubbing season. Just the other day she was playing with her toys in the other room and shouted "Daddy, my eye fell out!". No doubt a shock, but to this little badass, it's just a day in the life. Lather, rinse (her prosthetic eye) and hopefully not repeat for another couple months!
As you can see, my daughter Kylie inspires me every day to fight cancer. Fortunately, I've never had the disease and I hope I never will, but my now 3 year-old was not so lucky. She was 1 at the time when a mysterious glow in her right eye turned out to be something frightening - Retinoblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer that affects predominately children under 5 years of age. Just 10 days after her diagnosis she had her right eye removed and her life - and our family's - was changed forever.
In the weeks following that life-altering event, something amazing happened. The team from Golf Fights Cancer had heard about Kylie's story and reached out to see if they could help start the healing process. Part of that healing was taking part in their Golf Marathon in honor of Kylie and her bravery at such a young age. The outpouring of support from family, friends and complete strangers was uplifting to say the least. Being a part of a group that raised over $100,000 in honor of a little girl they had never met showed what golf and this organization were all about. As I said to the crowd at that year's marathon, Golf is Great! I vowed to always be Team GFC, and I am excited to play 100 holes again this year and to raise money for another worth cause, the Joe Andruzzi Foundation.
I would be honored if you would support my efforts in this year's Golf Fights Cancer Marathon. Not for a little girl living life to the fullest, but for the ones who can't. Thank you and God Bless!
-The McAdams Family
GOLF FIGHTS CANCER wrote -
Our 8th Annual Golf Marathon will be held at Juniper Hill Golf Course (36 hole facility) in Northboro, MA. What is a golf marathon? An unbelievable day of camaraderie, golf, and great memories where 60+ golfers of all skill levels are sponsored to play 100 holes of golf in one day, raising over $250,000 collectively to positively impact the life of cancer patients. Proceeds from this year's event will be directed to The Joe Andruzzi Foundation, providing financial assistance to cancer patients and their families, helping them focus on recovery – not bills.