Golf Outing Benefits Kellogg Cancer Center

Friends' golf outing raises funds for NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center

For 10 years, Nick Paul and his friends have held a golfing event in which they raise funds for charitable causes. This past year, the golfers donated $2,000 in honor of Lisa Kolkey, a patient at NorthShore ­University HealthSystem (NorthShore) Kellogg Cancer Center who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Her husband Sandy is a member of the golf group.

The beneficiary of each year’s proceedings is kept a secret until after the golf dinner and festivities, when the golfers tell “tall tales” about their game and award the Crushed Flask, the trophy named for a golfer who ran over his fallen flask with the wheels of his own golf cart.

 “This past year we decided to make the gift on behalf of our friend Lisa and her husband,” said Paul. “We were all thrilled at the amazing work NorthShore has accomplished to help Lisa battle cancer. “

“We decided at the very first event that it would be nice to give back to an organization that has provided help or support to one of the guys with whom we are friends and has had a life altering experience during the past year,” said Paul. “It’s not a ton of money but it makes us stop and appreciate how lucky we all are. We count our blessings and are thankful for our good luck.”

Said NorthShore patient Lisa Kolkey: “It’s a very generous gift and it was totally unexpected. My experience at NorthShore has been great and I’m thrilled that this donation will go to support research at Kellogg Cancer Center.” Kolkey said some of the treatments she has received through her ordeal were not even available to patients one and a half years ago. “NorthShore is really practicing leading-edge medicine.”

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