If you’ve ever wanted to play in a foursome with top golfer Graeme McDowell, time is running out. McDowell is the “grand prize” in an effort by 10-year-old Kyle Lograsso to raise $100,000 to fight a rare childhood cancer.
McDowell has agreed to play in a foursome with Kyle, the Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella and a donor chosen at random who contributes to Kyle’s goal. For every dollar donated to Kyle or any golfer in the 108+1 events, a donor will receive one chance to win a foursome outing with McDowell, Ginella and Lograsso.
The drawing is part of a larger effort by the Through Kyle’s Eyes Foundation to raise money through two 108+1 golf events (www.108plus1.com) scheduled for this summer. The first event is set for this Friday, June 21, at Legends Golf Club in Temecula, Calif. The second event will be held on Monday, Aug. 5, at Lederach Golf Club in Harleysville, Penn.
Both events are designed to raise awareness and funds for retinoblastoma research and to support families of children who are fighting the disease. The foundation supports research into retinoblastoma and strives to raise awareness of the eye cancer, which only affects children. It is named after Kyle, who lost his left eye to the disease when he was a toddler.
Regina Lograsso, the foundation’s co-founder, said McDowell has agreed to be part of a foursome only if Kyle reaches his fundraising goal. The Lograssos hope that having the support of the world’s #9 golfer, a U.S. Open winner and current RBC Heritage champion will encourage people to donate to Kyle’s cause.
Ginella also has agreed to play in the foursome with Kyle, McDowell and the winner of the grand prize drawing. Ginella has written about Kyle, his considerable golf skills, and his efforts to raise money for retinoblastoma research. Last summer, Ginella played 108 holes one hot July day as part of the Hundred Hole Hike and donated the money he raised from pledges to the Through Kyle’s Eyes Foundation.
Retinoblastoma is the most common form of childhood eye cancer, with about 5,000 cases identified worldwide each year. Retinoblastoma is generally discovered in babies between the ages of 6 months and 24 months.
Kyle Lograsso successfully battled retinoblastoma and is now cancer-free. He is also a talented golfer whose story and efforts to raise money for retinoblastoma research have been featured in national and local golf magazines and on television.
The Lograssos plan to attend both events this summer, and Kyle will lead all golfers in playing the 109th hole on both days.
To take part in either event, golfers must raise $1,000 in their own name for the foundation. All golfers will be encouraged to play six rounds of golf in one day, then finish hole 109 with Kyle in honor of all children who are fighting retinoblastoma.
The foundation is still accepting entries from golfers who commit to both the fundraising and golfing challenges. Volunteers are also needed to support the golfers on what promises to be a fun, but grueling day. Play will begin at 6:30 a.m. at each event with a shotgun start.