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Olean General Hospital Foundation Prepares to "Golf to Fight Cancer"

Posted on: 03/02/2011

The Olean General Hospital Foundation today announced the first-ever “Golf to Fight Cancer” scramble, which will take place Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at Bartlett Country Club in Olean.


The event, which is open to the public, will help raise funds for cancer care in the Olean community, with proceeds benefiting the Mildred Milliman Radiation Medicine Center—a premiere affiliate site of Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


“We are very proud of the Mildred Milliman Radiation Medicine Center and our affiliation with Roswell Park Cancer Institute,” said Timothy J. Finan, president and CEO of Upper Allegheny Health System and member hospitals Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital. “We hope the community will join us for this event and help us to raise funds to combat a disease that has unfortunately impacted the lives of many of our family members, friends and neighbors.”


“This is a great opportunity for people to donate to cancer care and make a real impact in our own community,” said Karen Fohl, president of the Olean General Hospital Foundation. “The funds that we raise from this tournament will go a long way in advancing cancer treatment and preventative efforts right here in Olean.”


Proceeds from the event will also focus on updating surgical equipment at the hospital, as well as mammography equipment and the advancement of colon cancer care. The tournament will feature lunch and 18 holes of golf, followed by dinner—with an extensive menu—and a live auction. A DJ will provide music throughout the day. Additionally, former St. Bonaventure men’s basketball coach Ron DeCarli, a cancer survivor, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker.


Each participant is encouraged to wear a pink golf shirt—signifying unity against cancer—and has the chance to win a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, compliments of Paul Brown Dodge, Jeep and Kia, if a hole-in-one is achieved. Mercy Flight will conduct a fly-over and drop pink golf balls on the course that players may use during the event.


“I think this is going to be a great tournament and we’re looking forward to a large turnout,” said committee member Ledgie DeRose. “This type of event tugs at your heartstrings a little bit, being a memorial for those that have gone through cancer and a celebration for those who have survived it,” he said. “I think most of us have had some experience with either dealing with cancer or caring for someone who has gone through it, so hopefully this touches a lot of people in our area.”


Those that choose not to golf have the option of attending the dinner, or simply making a gift in honor of someone who has been touched by cancer.


Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., with the tournament teeing off at noon. For more information, or to register for the event, call 716.375.7445 or visit


Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital are members of Upper Allegheny Health System. For more information about Olean General Hospital, visit



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