July 21st, 2014 Timberwolf Golf Club hosted the 5th annual Tee It Up For Terry event. This event raised funds for the Terry Ames Care Fund through the Northern Cancer Foundation. With amazing support from our golfers and sponsors, Tee It Up For Terry raised an amazing $22,000. This money went to great use in helping Greater Sudbury families cope with the financial burden that often accompanies a fight with cancer. This year the Terry Ames Supportive Care Fund will continue to strive to provide help to those who need it.
“To see so many people behind me with their support was absolutely amazing”
Appropriately, the first two years of this golf tournament raised funds for Terry himself as he battled his ‘incurable’ cancer. The financial support, combined with the loving, spiritual, and inspirational support he received, played an important role in defeating his cancer. “To see so many people behind me with their support was absolutely amazing,” Terry is proud to say. “There was no way I was going to let these people and my family down.”
After being declared cancer-free in 2011, Terry decided to continue the golf tournament and to use the funds to support other families that might need help like he did. “To date we have helped over 14 families with financial support.”
Last year 152 people golfed in the Tee It Up For Terry tournament, and 230 attended the dinner. In addition to raising funds it was a celebration, a victory party for Terry’s triumph over cancer. With the people who had given their time and support during such a difficult period of his life, he celebrated the moment when he was told “there is no active cancer”. The victory was not his alone, it was a moment that belonged to all those who had helped him and his family and he wanted everyone to feel that.
As important as this event is to raise money for families fighting cancer, the success of Tee It Up For Terry has more to do with helping to inspire patients and their families and creating hope where it often can be lost. An appropriate quote comes from the family of one of the Fund’s participants who has recently passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.
“His deepest wish was to inspire random acts of kindness. He hoped that if everyone extended a helping hand to someone in need of love or friendship, food, or shelter, a smile or a visit, ours might be a better world. Please, act generously.”
This really sums up what the Terry Ames Supportive Care Fund is trying to do.