As you know, 98.1 the Hawk has participated in the Country Cares for St. Jude event for the past three years. This year, we made $57,114 in only three days for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Townsquare Media stations across the country raised $2.2 million.

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St. Jude believes that the kids and their families should concentrate on getting their children well and not worry about anything else. Because of people like you, St. Jude kids and their families never have to open their wallets for anything.

They have done so much good for many people for so many years. That's why I was thrilled when I learned that a friend and fellow basketball official was going to have a St. Jude Golf Tournament at Traditions at the Glen in Johnson City.

His name was Chris Haynes and he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia on May 3rd, 2019, and received great care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC.

He saw kids there that had various types of Leukemia and their parents had the means or the insurance to cover the costs. Chris wanted to help the kids that didn't have sufficient insurance or no insurance at all.

So he put together a golf tournament sponsored by the Basketball Officials of Board 49. Unfortunately less then a year from being diagnosed with leukemia, he lost his life.

It is a terrible loss for our community but his memory will live on. So I hope you'll join me for the Chris Haynes Memorial St. Jude Golf Tournament on Sunday, October 11th at the Traditions at the Glen.

It's a 1 p.m. shotgun start and all the net proceeds will be donated to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For only $80 per person, it's a way to honor a wonderful person, make friends, help St. Jude while having a great time too.

If you are interested in joining us on the course or would like to make a monetary donation to St. Jude in Chris's name, contact Brian Jester by email at BJester@Binghamton.EDU.

THANK YOU CHRIS for thinking of others even while you were fighting this dreaded disease.