Golf outings boost Hills-based Children’s Leukemia Foundation

Farmington Hills-based Children’s Leukemia Foundation (CLF) received a $170,000 boost this spring from two local golf outings.

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CLF ambassador Ameir Edmunds (center) is pictured with CLF volunteers. (Contributed) 

Funds raised will support the mission of CLF, a state-wide non-profit organization that provides child and adult patients — and their families – with the support, resources, and information they need to sustain themselves, emotionally and practically, throughout their experiences with blood cancer.

The annual Gray’s Reef Golf Classic at Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Orion Township raised over $103,000 with 100 golfers. CLF ambassadors Ameir and Johannah Edmunds attended the event.  

Ameir was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in 2017, at age 9, and just completed his second round of aggressive treatment in May 2019, after his cancer returned. CLF frequently checks in to provide the family with emotional support and has given them much-needed breaks during treatment, including tickets to sports games and toys during the holidays.

Also on June 17, Basic Rubber & Plastics Company in Walled Lake raised $65,000 at its 26th golf outing benefitting CLF with more than 100 golfers at Edgewood Country Club in Commerce Township.

Eight-year-old Phoebe Keech participated in the Basic Rubber Golf Outing as a CLF ambassador. Phoebe, too, was diagnosed with ALL, at only 21 months. Her mom, Carrie, attended the event and spoke about their experiences with blood cancer and CLF during the closing dinner.

“After my daughter was diagnosed with blood cancer, I stopped working as a teacher to focus on Phoebe,” said Carrie Keech. “We came across CLF serendipitously before the holidays. We were stressed about giving our kids a Christmas and CLF provided toys to ease that burden. They went on to provide back-to-school supplies and invited us to social events, but the true value in our mind, is the emotional support we received – from both CLF and the other families we had the opportunity to connect with through CLF.”

Funds raised from the golf outings will immediately help the 3,200 patients, and family members served by CLF. The nonprofit provides emotional support, disease and treatment information, education and referral services, financial assistance, support groups, social events and a holiday toys program.