ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School student William Fulton set out to raise $1,000 at a golf tournament he organized in October. When the event ended and the donations were tallied, Fulton found he'd surpassed that goal by $700.
Fulton, a senior, organized a Children’s Cancer Research Charity Golf Day that took place at Mt. Freedom Golf Center. His goal was two-fold: To raise funds for The Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Research Fund and for the American Junior Golf Association’s ACE Grant fund, which provides assistance to aspiring young golfers.
“Fulton, a member of the high school golf team and class president organized this great opportunity for families to get out and play some golf for a good cause,” said Roxbury High School golf coach Dave Monaco.
The student, on the event’s registration page, explained his motivations. “Golf is a game that exemplifies the spirit of giving, and I am so blessed to be a part of this most wonderful game,” he wrote. “My hope is to use this game of golf that I so love to raise money for Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Research Fund.”
Fulton said he holds the charity near to his heart for many reasons. “One of them being that Zach Sobiech wasn’t much younger than I am when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma,” he said. “My mom, a middle school teacher, was lucky enough to video-call Zach’s mother during one of her classes and ask various questions about her son’s condition and way of life. Unfortunately, Zach passed away at the age of 17 back in 2013. But his legacy still lives on through music videos and songs he recorded that are now on YouTube and even iTunes.”
Fulton said Sobiech “bravely battled osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, with which he was diagnosed at age 14. As the disease progressed, doctors had no more effective treatment options to offer him a cure. Still, Zach decided to live like he always had, with a smith on his face, embracing every day with hope and joy.”
Fulton is considering more events to help support the research being conducted to treat and cure osteosarcoma, one of the most common childhood cancers.
Money from the Golf Day also supported the ACE grant program, which helps young golfers with a desire to better their lives through playing junior golf and earn a college scholarship.
“These juniors lack the financial resources to compete at the national level to gain exposure to these scholarships,” Fulton said. “The scholarships these juniors earn through their play change the course of their life and the life of their future family.”
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