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Bucket of Hope Check Presentation, 2009, UW Carbone Cancer Center
Photo left: At the conclusion of the 2009 Bucket of Hope Golf Tour, a $10,000 check toward melanoma research was presented to the UW Carbone Cancer Center.
Madison - Head Golf Professional and Director of the Vitense Golf Academy in Madison, Derek Schnarr spends most days on the golf course working with youth in improving their respective golf game.
He knew he could combine his passion for junior golf and the fight against cancer by introducing "The Bucket of Hope Junior Golf Tour," a benefit for melanoma research at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.

Schnarr created this event in memory of his mother, Julie Schnarr, one of Dr. Paul Carbone's first patients who lost her battle with cancer, but it took on a new meaning as he saw the junior golfers embrace the concept and "make it their own."

According to Schnarr, the small concept turned into a much bigger one, as the high school golfers developed marketing plans, business plans and successful ways to raise money for melanoma research. And it did not stop there, they wanted to educate about the dangers of the sun and warning signs of melanoma.

More than 50 golfers participated in the summer golf tour held at six Madison-area golf courses. The golf tour, in its first year, successfully raised $10,000 and Schnarr could not be more pleased.

"It is truly amazing how all of these kids came together for a common cause. They put their hearts and souls into this tour and it shows," said Schnarr.

Did You Know?

The name, Bucket of Hope, came from Derek's vision of a bucket of balls providing some hope...on many levels.
Hope that there is a good shot coming in that next bucket, hope that a bucket of balls might take your mind off of stressful life events, and hope that a bucket of balls can lead to saving the lives of those affected by this awful disease. All of that led to the Bucket of Hope Developmental Junior Tour.

Date Published: 09/08/2009

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