by Bryan Graves
Celebrities from the entertainment and sports worlds came out on Aug. 6 and 7 to support the 2006 City of Hope Golf Classic benefiting the Tim Nesvig Lymphoma Fellowship and Research Fund, raising more than $800,000.
The two-day event, held at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif., and the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles, was a testament to the Nesvig family’s commitment and the community’s support of its efforts.
In 2005, the loss of Tim Nesvig to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 30 inspired the creation of the fund that bears his name. Under the direction of Stephen J. Forman, M.D., Francis and Kathleen McNamara Distinguished Chair in Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation, Nesvig’s friends and family members established the fund to further understanding of the underlying causes of lymphoma and to develop better treatments for patients. What started as a small fellowship now has grown into a larger research fund to further science targeted at eradicating the disease.
The fundraising event also included a dinner and silent auction. In only two years, the Golf Classic tournament has raised more than $1.5 million.
This year’s event brought NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw, FOX Sports lead announcer Joe Buck, actor Ray Romano and many others to partake in the festivities and join in the support of Tim Nesvig’s legacy.
As momentum for the cause builds, the organizing committee has set a goal of $1 million for the 2007 event. To learn more about Nesvig’s story, go to www.cityofhope.org/TimNesvig.