Every day thousands of children throughout the United States are diagnosed with cancer. Families are forced to face the uphill battle of helping their child fight this terrible disease. For the third consecutive year, Jacksonville Jaguars punter Chris Hanson teamed up with the Child Cancer Fund to host a celebrity golf tournament to help raise money to support the organization. The tournament raised more than $100,000 for the Child Cancer Fund.
"My wife and I are honored to be a part of an event like this," said Hanson. "The Child Cancer Fund is doing such great things for the people in our community and I'm thrilled that we can be a part of it."
The Child Cancer Fund is a Jacksonville-based non-profit organization that helps First Coast families through the challenges of childhood cancer. The organization provides financial assistance to families whose finances have been stressed due to their child's treatment.
Many of Hanson's fellow teammates served as celebrities for the tournament to show their support. Defensive end Marcellus Wiley, running back Alvin Pearman and wide receiver Ernest Wilford were just some of the celebrities who participated in the event.
"I'm ecstatic to have a lot of my teammates show their support for me as well as the Child Cancer Fund," said Hanson. "This is a great way for them to give back and to help families who may have a child affected with cancer."
In addition to golf, the event included a live and silent auction emceed by CBS Sports' golf commentator David Feherty. Among the featured items were a Byron Leftwich autographed helmet, an authentic Marcus Stroud autographed jersey, and a 2004 Boston Red Sox World Series autographed bat and many more items.
"We are so excited to have partners like Chris Hanson and the Jaguars helping us out with our tournament," said Lauren Ferrante, president of the Child Cancer Fund. "They have been a tremendous support to us over the years and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them."