The Dart in the Cart
Sep 12, 2013
You did it! We did it! We hit our fundraising goal, so we had to raise it!
For the past year, I've spent too much time crying about cancer. It has taken one of my friends from me, it sent another friend's family into a tailspin, and then… it hit my family hard. My brother-in-law Wes has been diagnosed with Leukemia, hospitalized for weeks, and then survived a life saving bone marrow transplant from his sister, all within the last 12 months. In that time, he and his wonderful wife Bekah have taught me to live life to the fullest, seize the moment, and carry on courageously while caring for others.
If you're reading this, you likely have seized the moment and cared for others. If you donated to "Dart in the Cart", thank you. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I could type it a billion times and it wouldn't be enough. Together we raised thousands of dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Minnesota. It's going to the doctors who will find a cure through tireless research. The money you generously donated will also go towards supporting the families who are on this difficult journey.
I'd like to name you individually, but that would take more computer space than is available. To my family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and to the fine folks in the state of California, I am forever grateful. Also, huge props to Dave Berggren who not only helped me spread the word, but played all 90 holes with me and had a smile on his face the whole time!
We played 5, 18-hole rounds on 5 different courses in 797 minutes. Thanks to Minnesota Valley, Olympic Hills, Minneapolis Golf Club, Oak Ridge, and Medina for being so accommodating and generous. All we've done to repay you was leave 50 golf balls in your ponds and woods. Here are a couple of highlights:
- Simultaneous tee-off live on KARE 11 Sunrise at 6:46 a.m. at Minnesota Valley
- The lady on her deck off the 3rd fairway at Olympic Hills blaring "Eye of the Tiger" from her stereo for us at 10:15 in the morning
- The great golfers at Minneapolis Golf Club who let us play through
- Dave Berggren's ginormous 2 foot divot he replaced on the 16th hole at MGC
- KARE 11's John Divall hoofing a large television live unit around the hilly links of Oak Ridge so we could be live on TV asking for more donations
- The golfers at Medina. Seemed everyone knew what we were doing, even helped us look for lost golf balls. Oh, and the people dining on the club's patio that cheered us on as we quickly made the turn from the front nine to the back.
- 2 holes we played under the moonlight
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU,
The Dart in the Cart
I remember it like it was yesterday. It was last summer and I had just finished playing a great round of golf on a great course (Oak Ridge) on a beautiful morning. My wife called to tell me my brother-in-law Wes was diagnosed with Leukemia and there were a lot of unknowns. My mind's been racing ever since, trying to figure out ways I could help support him and his wonderful family. Wes lives in California. After many months, I finally found something. Dart in the Cart. Fellow KARE 11 reporter Dave Berggren and I are going to play 90 DIFFERENT golf holes (99 if there's time) on September 11th. Please help us raise money and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Minnesota. We want to raise at least $3,000 for cancer treatment funding during blood cancer awareness month. Show us some love, we're going to need it!
New: Dave and I have a practice round under our belt! We wanted to see how fast we could play. I think we might want to take seperate carts to save some time, especially if we hit the ball all over the place! Check it out by clicking here
A kind thank you already to KARE11/Gannett Broadcasting, Minnesota Valley Country Club, Olympic Hills Golf Club, Minneapolis Golf Club, Oak Ridge Country Club, and Medina Golf & Country Club. Also many thanks to Brookview Golf Course. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Think it's going to be tough to fit 90 holes of golf, all over the city, in 12 hours? Wes has already survived months in the hospital, several rounds of chemotherapy, and a life saving bone marrow transplant from his sister. We got this!
Wes and his beautiful 4 year old daughter Julia