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WINGS OF HOPE
WINGS OF HOPE for PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH is a non-profit foundation dedicated to raising awareness and funding for pancreatic cancer research and programs at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.
In February 2013 the University of Colorado Cancer Center entered into a formal partnership with WINGS OF HOPE, with both entities combining efforts to have the University of Colorado Cancer Center become the regional hub and national destination for pancreatic cancer research. Helping accomplish this goal is the University of Colorado Cancer Center’s multifaceted approach which encompasses the multidisciplinary care of all pancreatic cancer patients. The care of their patient population is supported by an active research program involving both clinical and basic science research with a focus on translating basic science research findings into clinical research programs that directly impacts patient care.
The donations and fundraising efforts of WINGS OF HOPE are to advance the ongoing pancreatic cancer research being conducted at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. The foundation’s focused effort not only helps better define priorities, but also makes a definitive statement as to the critical urgency and need for pancreatic cancer research to continue at an accelerated pace.
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OUR WHY // ABOUT TOM KINGSBURY
The Kingsbury Open was founded and dedicated in loving memory to Thomas Kingsbury, who was an enthusiastic golfer with an unparalleled passion for the game. Tom was a ‘scratch’ golfer, but you’d rarely find Tom playing with new equipment or balls, he could post a below-par score playing with found balls and rental clubs. Tom believed a golfer was not defined by his or her equipment or the course he or she played, but by their passion for the game and a desire to continue to improve. A real stickler for the rules, he was a purist. Tom had a natural swing, never tried too hard, but still hit the ball a mile. He was a genuine teacher of the game.
At age 63, Tom was poised to retire, complete his PAT (Players Aptitude Test) and play and teach golf. However, that was not to be. Tom was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in February of 2007. Receiving both diagnosis and treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, he followed an aggressive, non-surgical course of chemotherapy. He was not a candidate for surgery as is true many patients diagnosed too late. Throughout treatment he stayed on the golf course. As fatigue set in, he surrendered to riding in a cart when he would normally walk. In August of 2007, Tom played his last round of golf in Danbury, Wisconsin on his home course of Voyager Village. It was only 9 holes. He passed away two weeks later.
Tom’s daughter, Dr. Lisa Goodman founded the Kingsbury Open in 2015 in Tom’s Memory. Tom loved to visit and golf in Colorado. Every time we golf we think about Tom and know he is with us; from tee to green. We hope you will join us to honor his memory and to lend a hand to this important cause.