Dal Bon Memorial
Dal Bon Memorial Golf Tournament
by Brad Dal Bon
I lost both of my parents to pancreatic cancer! My mom, Merrilee Dal Bon, passed away on November 10, 2000 and my dad, Jim Dal Bon, on May 6, 2008. I have felt a real need to do something in their memory because I alone cannot cure cancer. Therefore, I was thinking that giving money for research to cure pancreatic cancer would be a good cause. I found the Hirshberg Foundation and was pleased that their mission to fund research and find an early detection method, and ultimately, a cure was the same as mine! Seeing both of my parents suffer through their battle with the cancer was tremendously difficult. Among the emotions I still feel is anger. I am angry this was happening to them. I am angry that my two sons, Owen, 9, and Matthew, 7, will not get to know their grandparents better. What I am most angry about is the cancer.
I thought, “What can I do now?” Pancreatic cancer did not waste any time debilitating my parents. I came up with the idea of organizing the Dal Bon Memorial Golf Tournament as a way to pay tribute to my parents and to help battle pancreatic cancer. Last year’s first annual golf tournament kicked off at Alta Sierra Country Club in Grass Valley, CA. Sixty golfers teed off that day and the evening concluded with a donation of over $6,000 to the Hirshberg Foundation.
So, I am fighting back, and I would like you to fight with me. The Dal Bon Memorial Golf Tournament’s main goal is to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research. In recent years my dad had started to really enjoy golf. We had a lot of great times together on the golf course. I feel I owe it to my parents to fight against the disease that took their lives, but have fun as well.