Summer returned just in time for beautiful playing conditions at Westwood Country Club on Monday, July 13th, as golfers gathered at the 14th annual Drive for Life Golf Benefit.
Presented by the Community West Foundation and the 2015 Drive for Life Golf Committee, over 100 golfers turned out to make a difference.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Caring Continues Fund, which provides help and hope to cancer patients receiving treatment at the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center at Fairview Hospital.
Community West Foundation President and CEO, David T. Dombrowiak, was joined by Board Chair, William Baker and Fairview Hospital President, Dr. Neil Smith in welcoming supporters.
Former Cleveland Browns offensive lineman, Dan Fike was highlight of the day as featured speaker at the post-golf dinner. He recalled those Browns playoff-era days when he was with the team, sharing anecdotes about the double-overtime win over the Jets in 1987. The 23-20 thriller sent Cleveland to the AFC championship game and their heartbreaking loss to John Elway and the Denver Broncos. Fike played in the Bernie Kosar era under head coach, Marty Schottenheimer. “We have called Cleveland home since those great days and continue to do so,” said Fike. “But I urge us all to continue this fight against cancer. I have lost too many people, friends and family, to this disease.”
“The Caring Continues Fund is a wonderful resource put in place to assist our cancer patients in time of need,” said Dr. Timothy Spiro, Director of the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center at Fairview Hospital. “When someone gets cancer, the regular bills that must be paid each month don’t just stop. There is still the light bill, house payment, car insurance to be paid. One of the problems patients face today is that insurance deductibles are so high – sometimes $6000 – patients don’t have money left to pay their usual bills. That is where The Caring Continues Fund steps in. It is wonderful work you are doing.”
Click here for the 2015 Drive for Life gallery.