V On the Street

Making that putt…could help find a cure!

For the past seventeen years there has been one staple to the Glencoe Golf Club. It’s the annual Guy Geleerd Memorial Invitational.  The tournament is played in honor of Guy Geleerd who passed away due to lung cancer.

His son, Jake, has been the organizer of this event for the past 17 years. He stated that it’s a nice tribute for his father, who was an avid golfer. Jake said he used to remember his father getting up as early as 5 a.m. to go play golf. His father taught him the game.

After 17 years, the event has raised more than half a million dollars towards lung cancer research at the University of Chicago. It’s also become an annual event where the whole family is involved and it’s a rare occasion when Jake doesn’t know one of the golfers.

There will be an estimated 226,160 new lung cancer cases this year and 28% of all cancer deaths will come from lung cancer in 2012. We hope that with more events like this one in Glencoe, Illinois, we can help find a cure for this terrible disease.

For more information on how to organize a community event for The V Foundation, check here. Thanks to Jake for his effort in the fight for the cure.