The second annual Swing for Sean Golf Tournament, held by The Sean Karl Foundation, saw huge success on Monday, April 29 at Brentwood Governor’s Club. With an early sell-out of golfers and sponsors, the event planners were able to spend more time gathering one-of-a-kind donations for the silent auction items.
“We are always searching for exciting new sports memorabilia pieces, tickets to events, vacation homes, wine packages – anything that will encourage people to outbid other bidders in order for us to raise as much money as possible,” Event Coordinator Tammy Caballero said.
The goal of the Sean Karl Foundation has always been to raise funds for research to end childhood cancer, specifically Ewing Sarcoma. Started in 2015, the SKF has two fundraisers per year – Songs for Sean is a Songwriters Night held in the Fall, and Swing for Sean is the spring golf tournament.
Sean Karl was an aspiring Brentwood tennis player who attended Ravenwood High School and University of Tennessee Knoxville on a tennis scholarship. During his senior year of high school, the Karl family found out the pain he’d been experiencing wasn’t from serving tennis balls – it was the unknown pediatric cancer Ewing Sarcoma. After fighting the cancer battle for two years, with a period of remission, Sean’s body succumbed to the cancer.
Mike and Laurie Karl started the SKF to raise awareness about childhood cancer and to raise funds for research to end Ewing Sarcoma. Mike said, “When Sean was undergoing chemotherapy, he was given drugs that were developed in the 1980’s. Because so little money and attention is given towards childhood cancers, no new treatment protocols have been introduced since then. With metastatic ES survival rates below 30% upon diagnosis, we believe this disease needs a great deal of attention. The goal is to raise $1,000,000.00 to be put into an endowment fund and will be awarded to a cancer research group that will find a cure for Ewing Sarcoma.”
In just two years, the Sean Karl Foundation has become the No. 2 organization in the U.S. that has raised the most funds for Ewing research. Laurie said, “Without our amazing volunteers, donors like Trane, Ryan and Southern Oral and Facial Surgery, food donors Corky’s Ribs & BBQ, Burger Republic, Amerigo’s and Stoney River and of course the Governor’s Club for allowing us to host this event, we would not have raised $400,000.00 of the $1,000,000.00 goal.”
If anyone would like to continue to help our mission to fund childhood cancer research, their donations will be awarded to the organization who has the most promising potential for cures. Please click this link for more details. Sean Karl Foundation