I just wanted to say a quick BIG “THANK YOU” to everybody.
The 2019 OI Golf Tournament in its 13th year has set a new record for monies raised and we could not have done it without every volunteer, every golfer, every person that bought a Gronk raffle ticket and for sure every sponsor and donor. The final gross number raised is over $91,700.
The beach towel seemed to be a big hit and a special thank you to those sponsors, Bank of New England, Hutter Construction, Cleveland, Waters and Bass, Goodnow Real Estate, Ringler Associates and TechNeeds. I am taking opinions on next year’s give away item and one suggestion was “let’s have a matching set”, so please let me know if you like that thought.
In the two flights, Jim Early and I met with 180 golfers on the 18th green. We were honored to be able to better inform these golfers, with a handshake and a smile, why they were there. For the people who were not there, here is a reader’s digest explanation of Osteogenesis Imperfecta. OI is a rare genetic bone disorder, also known as brittle bone disease, that affects about 50,000 people in the United States. OI has three forms of severity, Mild, Moderate and Severe. A mild form is a person, like my son Kenny, who has under 10 fractures in his life. Moderate is someone like me who has over 50 fractures. Severe cases are individuals, like Jim’s grandson, with well over a 100 fractures. These fractures can occur at any time with no known cause or from a very minor trauma.
So, through your participation and support, you helped the OI Foundation fund Grants, Education, Awareness and, most important, Research. The research is being done by Dr. Brendan Lee out of Baylor College and he has made great progress in the 6 years that he has been working on our bone disorder.
We very much appreciate every dollar, every prayer, every kind thought and everyone who attended our event, especially NH Governor, Chris Sununu, who took time out of his very busy schedule to find out about OI and to support our efforts.
Thank you, everyone! Jim and I are HUMBLED.
Kenneth W. Gudek Sr.