Wednesday (June 20th) is the summer solstice (longest day of the year), and Tomoson’s co-founder, Dan Fernandez, will be golfing for charity with a group of other Minneapolis entrepreneurs. All of the individuals are avid golfers who wanted to use their pastime to help others. They’ll be attempting to golf 90 holes from 6:00am to 9:45pm. Each of them has been tasked with looking for individuals willing to donate any amount per hole of golf played that day, 25 cents to $10/hole. The overall goal is to raise $40,000(+). We have selected two charities to donate to for different reasons. Please read on to learn more about the causes.
How To Donate: You can donate via paypal by clicking on the “donate” button below.
Our Goal: Raise over $40,000 in one day. Any amount is welcome 25 cents/hole to $10/hole played. Currently we have over $15,000 Donated.
Brian’s Story: My sister was a senior at St. Ben’s, six weeks from graduating, with a degree in economics when her life was changed forever. Her roommate woke up at 7am to get ready for work as usual. What wasn’t usual is that my sister, Christine, was on the couch, unresponsive, and obviously not well. Christine had been complaining of headaches the night before (something that she’s always dealt with) and took her usual headache medicine and went to sleep. She woke up three weeks later in the Saint Cloud Hospital the benefactor of a miraculous procedure from a team of doctor’s a nurses who saved her life.
When her roommate found her, she immediately called 911. Christine was rushed to the hospital in St. Cloud where a brain scan revealed a massive bleed from an aneurysm. They wanted to transport her to the Twin Cities but feared she’d not live through the transportation. Luckily for all of us, St. Cloud has a remarkable brain surgeon who performed the procedure and, amazingly, kept Christine alive.
My sister went to bed thinking about finding her first “real job” and wrapping up her senior thesis. She woke up losing many of the abilities we take for granted like speech, being able to walk, motor skills,and memory. Her recovery has been a long one. We are extremely lucky and blessed because Christine is fortunate in that she’s recovered from her ordeal. Her life will always be different; she certainly has a new normal. But she’s here with us and will go on to lead a “new normal” life. Christine is indeed a miracle.
The reason we’re raising money for Brain Injury Alliance is because most people who suffer a traumatic brain injury aren’t nearly as fortunate. Most do not recover and will often need various resources for the rest of their life. Brain injury victims are often mistreated by society because their injuries lie on the inside with no outwardly signs. Our dollars will go to not only provide resources for people/families who’ve been affected, but will also provide education on brain injuries and prevention.
Jeff’s Story (Gigi’s Playhouse): Jeff is currently on the board of Gigi’s Playhouse. Gigi’s Playhouse started as a local playhouse for children with Down Syndrome in a suburb of Chicago. Today there are currently 12 playhouses, and we are working on adding the 13th here in the Twin Cities!! Gigi’s is something different to everyone. For some it may be family support, an educational experience, community awareness, a hug, a party, informational network, or a self esteem boost. Our hope is that we can raise enough money (approximately $150,000) to open a local Gigi’s Playhouse in 2013.
What’s The Golf Course: White Eagle Golf Course
We thank you for your consideration and helping us raise money for these great charities.