Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.
|Matthew Willis (second from the left) with his foresome in |
the 2011 Links Fore Leukemia Golf Tournament.
This week is National Volunteer Week and while The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is thankful for its volunteers year round, we are taking this opportunity to highlight seven outstanding volunteers that help make the North Texas chapter run so efficiently.
Matthew Willis, while one of the youngest golfers at the Links Fore Leukemia Golf Tournament, is the top fundraiser year after year. He consistently raises more than $12,000 in honor of his father, Jim Willis, one of the tournament co-founders.
Jim was diagnosed with leukemia in 1994 when his wife was pregnant with Matthew. They already had a two year old daughter. During treatment Jim met Bob Barker, another golfer who was also battling leukemia. The two decided to combine their love of golf with their leukemia battle and created the Links Fore Leukemia Golf Tournament to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Shortly after the inaugural tournament, Jim lost his battle with leukemia. Bob is living cancer-free and is still very involved in the tournament, serving on the planning committee of the tournament.
May 6, 2013 will mark the 17th year of the tournament and even though Matthew was very young when his father died, he raises funds and participates each year in his father's memory. The tournament has raised more than $2.3 million since its inception and Matthew has played a large role in reaching that impressive milestone.
We are thankful for Matthew!