Brothers hold golf classic to honor father, fight cancer

Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Two brothers from Kalamazoo are determined to honor their father who died after a long battle with cancer.

In the process, they hope to touch the lives of others fighting the disease.

Ted Vander Meer was known around Kalamazoo for three things: his big smile, his family business and his love for the links.

"Golf was dad's passion and Gull Lake Country Club was dad's passion. For 30 plus years he was a member here and this is just like his own family," said Kurt Vander Meer.

When their father passed, Ted's sons knew they had to do something. Last year, they organized a golf classic in his honor, raising more than $20,000. The plaque reads "Be Generous."

"One thing our dad said when he was living is you continuously give back. Give back until it hurts. And select your cause and stay true to it," said Kurt Vander Meer.
     
This year, that cause hits home at the golf course their dad loved so dearly as the manager's teenage son bravely battles the disease.

"Just the closeness we have together and the support we have for one another. They supported dad here when he was struggling," said Kurt. "It's unique that they're going through this now and it really motivates us even more."

"There's times when you're supported and there's times when you need to give support. Now's our time to give," said Ron Vander Meer.

The money raised will help fund cancer programs and research to support cancer patients today and hopefully put an end to cancer tomorrow. The Vander Meers believe their dad is smiling down on these efforts.

"Everybody knows someone that's in the battle, has lost the battle, who knows who's going to get the battle next year to fight," said Ron Vander Meer. "You hope somebody's going to be there for you when your day comes."

The Ted Vander Meer Memorial Golf Classic is coming up next Monday.

There are still spots available if you want to play.

And of course, you can always donate on Ted's behalf to the American Cancer Society.

The Ted Vander Meer Memorial Golf Classic will be held Monday, August 18th at Gull Lake Country Club in Richland.

Golfers can arrive at 11:30am to register.  Shotgun start is at 1pm.

You can sign up to golf by calling 269-343-2551 (ask for Robin).

Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society.

You can donate to the cause by clicking here: www.cancer.org/donate.

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