Save a Child Golf Classic to Benefit UCSF Bone Marrow Transplant Program

August 13, 2004
Contact: News Office (415) 502-6397

The fourth annual Save a Child Golf Classic to benefit the Bone Marrow Transplant Program at UCSF Children's Hospital is being held Friday, Oct. 1, 2004 at the Roddy Ranch Golf Club in Antioch.

The annual tournament was organized by the family and friends of Romie Perkins, a bone marrow transplant (BMT) survivor and continuing patient of the UCSF BMT Program, a world leader in special treatment options for children with genetic diseases, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Proceeds from previous years have been used to enhance the experience of patients and their families at UCSF Children's Hospital. Last year, more than $16,000 was raised at the tournament and was used to purchase computers, games and educational programs for children's rooms, establish an emergency fund for parents with special travel needs, buy digital cameras for the BMT ward and more.

This year's tournament will further help to create a home away from home for these children and their families. Funds raised will be used to provide beds for parents to sleep in their child's room, update the BMT library of computer and educational games and DVDs, and replenish the emergency travel fund.

The tournament will feature a $5,000 putting contest, a $10,000 money grab -- a booth full of money that flies around as participants try to grab as much as they can in a given amount of time -- and many more games and prizes. Participants must reserve a spot in the tournament by Sept. 24. Sponsorships are available from the $250 to $5,000 level. On the day of the event, registration will begin at 9 a.m., followed by tournament kickoff at 11 a.m., cocktails at 4:30 p.m. and dinner at 5 p.m.

For more information about the tournament and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Linda Maes, a volunteer helping organize the event, at (925) 838-4040.

To learn more about the Bone Marrow Transplant Program at UCSF Children's Hospital, visit the bone marrow transplant section of this Web site or call (415) 476-2188.