Englewood, CO – The Dani’s Foundation www.danisfoundation.org golf tournament took place yesterday in Englewood, Colorado. The tournament was inspired by Dani Urman (not the namesake but same name), a 16 year old student at Cherry Creek High School, who has battled Pediatric Sarcoma. Dani found out she had bone cancer six months before trying out for the Cherry Creek High School golf team. Her main concern was whether she would be able to play golf again. Dani ended up having a complete knee replacement and a partial thigh bone replacement. She then went through 8 month of chemotherapy.
Once Dani was able to play golf again, she wanted to have a golf tournament with the proceeds benefiting the Dani Foundation. Her parents contacted Martha Simmons, the Executive Director for Dani’s Foundation and they got the ball rolling. Yesterday was a culmination of hard work by many and J Simp and I wanted to help out. We volunteered and had the honor of working the 17th hole tee box. Our main job was to just hand out free vouchers for the upcoming Colorado Rapids game on Saturday and let the male golfers know this was the closest to the pin contest hole. What we ended up experiencing was a collection of great people playing golf for a cause within a close knit group of friends.
Adele Arakawa of 9News, who is one hell of a golfer, was the emcee for the awards banquet but a young man named Woody Roseland stole the show. Woody went through 5 rounds of pediatric sarcoma and eventually had to have his leg amputated due to a 4 inch tumor in his calf. Woody decided to make cancer an inspiration in his life instead of falling victim to his disease. He has taken his misfortune and turned it into inspiration and comedy. Woody told us his story and mixed in jokes along with an inspirational speech. After he was done the crowd gave him a standing ovation mixed with laughter and tears.
The Dani Foundation was actually formed in remembrance of a young woman named Dani Stell. When Dani was 18 she found a lump in her side. After a visit to the doctor she was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma which is a rare form of cancer that affects children and young adults. She began an aggressive form of treatments that included chemotherapy, surgeries, radiation and even a bone marrow transplant. After four months being cancer free, the disease returned and this time in her brain. Dani lost her fight in 1999 at the age of 19.
Needless to say, J Simp and I had a fun day, yet also were inspired by these young children’s fight to survive. A few facts about cancer: (source Dani’s Foundation)
- Cancer kills more children than any other disease.
- 46 children are diagnosed with cancer every week in the US.
- Sarcoma is a cancer that invades bone, muscle, cartilage, fat and soft tissue.
- There are more than 50 types of pediatric sarcomas and account for 20% of all pediatric cancers.
- Under the best circumstances, chances for a 5 year survival rate is slightly better than 60%
- If the cancer spreads to other organs the 5 year survival rate decreases to 20%
Please go to www.danisfoundation.org to educate yourself and to donate in this fight to end childhood cancer.
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