Two women and a group of kids riding in a golf cart

Honoring Their Fathers

On a weekend in October, two families held their events to raise money for our childhood cancer families. The Heizer Family had their 2nd annual Opie Open Golf Tournament. The McDonald Family hosted the 8th Annual Tailgate for Timmy.

What did these two events have in common?

They held the events in loving memory of their fathers: Paul “Opie” Heizer and Tim McDonald. Opie and Tim’s lives were cut too short by cancer.

The Heizer and McDonald families decided to carry on their father’s legacies by helping children with cancer. Our mission — to make sure no family will face their child’s cancer alone — stuck with them. They turned their grief into a blessing to help our childhood cancer hero families.

Opie Open

The 2nd Annual Opie Open was on Friday, October 13th at Hanover Golf Club. 23 foursomes signed up to play. Congrats to Tim Kelley’s team for winning the tournament.

The Opie Open raised more than $35,000 for our Holiday Heroes Fund. If there was one holiday Opie loved, it was Christmas! With the money raised from The Opie Open, every child in active treatment registered with Connor’s Heroes will receive hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards and presents. Connor’s Heroes will host a Holiday Open House for the families. We can give a hero family hope over the holidays thanks to the generosity of Cathy, her children Paul, Brett, and Meredith, their friends, and sponsors. We are honored to have Opie’s wife Cathy on our Board of Directors.

Tailgate For Timmy

Even a rainy Saturday (dumping buckets of rain) didn’t stop the friends and the McDonald family from having their fun Tailgate For Timmy party. Families set up tents and “tailgated” with food, drinks & decorations. Guests went from tent to tent and voted for their favorite tailgate by donating. The tent with the largest amount of money raised was the winner! Congrats to The Dietz Family. There was live music, a bounce house for the kids, and t-shirts. It is like a true tailgate party without the parking lot.

Tailgate For Timmy raised $19,000 — the most amount of money ever raised at their event. Tim’s son, Thomas, and (his very pregnant wife) Hannah were visibly moved by the outpouring of support from their friends and families.

If your family is philanthropic like the Heizer and McDonald families, you can turn your party into a giving party. Here are some of the ways you can easily raise money for children with cancer and Connor’s Heroes: