The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is hosting the Bobby Mitchell Autotrader.com Hall of Fame Golf Classic this weekend at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va. from July 8 through the 10. Over $7 million have been raised in support of this annual event since 1988. Now, 21 years into the effort, its purpose remains strong — find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
This year’s tournament honors two young locals affected by blood cancer. 11-year-old Taylor Law of Olney, Md. is now cancer free after two and a half years of chemotherapy and will enter middle school this fall where her goal is to stay active as a member of the dance team. 20-year-old Alex Nieves of Centreville, Va. is a Salisbury University lacrosse player who was recently diagnosed with leukemia and is currently undergoing treatment.
Their courage serves as an example for others who are affected. District area residents are encouraged to attend the weekend’s activities not only to support these two young, spirited individuals but to also raise funds for the countless others still seeking a cure.
Sunday’s Golf Classic is open to the general public and fans may participate in the gallery and see some of the most classic names in professional sports throughout the morning. Celebrity guests include: Chris Hanburger, Richard Dent, Darrell Green, Anthony Munoz, and many more.
Gallery tickets are available for $5 at Lansdowne the day of the event. Both children and adults may also participate in a putting contest at the course.
For more information on how to donate to the cause or support this weekend’s Golf Classic, visit www.lls.org.