For more than 20 years, CureSearch for Children’s Cancer has been the primary charity beneficiary of the QBE Shootout, a professional golf tournament founded and hosted by legendary golfer Greg Norman. On Dec. 12, the QBE Shootout will welcome 11-year-old cancer survivor Chase Hancock as the featured speaker at its annual Pro-Am Gala. Funds raised from the event accelerate our mission to drive critical pediatric research so more and better treatments can reach kids.
Each year, more than 15,000 children just like Chase are diagnosed with cancer. In 2018,Chase was living his best 10-year-old life, busy playing basketball, soccer and football. Sports are his passion and his teammates are his best friends. One afternoon, he told his mother that his jaw hurt. The pain worsened and a large lump developed. After multiple trips to the emergency room and a couple of hospital stays, Chase was diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma , Stage lll, a very aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Chase immediately underwent an intense treatment plan and he and his family practically lived at the hospital for months.
Chase’s inner athlete helped him recover.
He used his athlete’s mindset—his drive and determination—to handle treatment and rebuild his strength. He finished treatment in January 2019 and has been in remission since.
Now, Chase and his family are dedicated to bringing comfort to families facing childhood cancer and raising funds for critical research.
“It is my dream to play in the NBA, and when I do, I would like to continue to pay it forward by visiting kids in the hospital and contributing to childhood cancer research,” said Chase. “I know it’s a big goal, but heck, if I beat cancer, I can do anything!”
Founded in 1989 and held annually in Naples, FL, the QBE Shootout has raised more than $13 million for CureSearch and kids like Chase, as well as other charitable causes.
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