CONTRIBUTED BY WINGS OF HOPE
The incredible story of Jeremy Poincenot, a legally blind golf champion, will be the centerpiece of the next benefit for Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
Poincenot will deliver his inspirational keynote address at An Evening of Hope, Saturday, Sept. 28, at Glenmoor Country Club, 110 Glenmoor Drive, in Cherry Hills Village. The fundraiser will include a cocktail reception, an auction and an opportunity to meet the speaker.
A decade ago, Poincenot, now 29, was diagnosed with the little known Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy. Although the severe loss of his central vision came quickly, it did not slow down his golf game. He would soon win seven national championships, the Australian Blind Open and two World Blind Championships.
An Evening of Hope will support ongoing and critical research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center into treatments and earlier diagnoses for pancreatic cancer.
“With pancreatic cancer being the least funded when it comes to research, events such as An Evening of Hope become all the more important,” said Maureen Shul, founder of Wings of Hope. “Every dollar raised goes directly toward pancreatic cancer research at the CU Cancer Center. Jeremy’s story of turning a life-altering trauma into an incredible triumph will inspire and resonate with all who hear him.”
Since its beginnings in 2012, Colorado’s Wings of Hope has raised more than $700,000, said Shul, who was driven by her own grief to launch the nonprofit organization.
“After losing my brother and mother to pancreatic cancer within months of one another, I founded Wings of Hope to find purpose and give meaning to all that was lost,” said Shul, the founding mayor of Castle Pines. “The decision to begin Wings of Hope was entirely grief driven and changed the trajectory of my life. With no early diagnostic methods, effective treatments or cure, the need for aggressive research is of critical importance.”
This year, more than 55,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, though little more than 10,000 will survive.
For ticket and sponsorship information for An Evening of Hope, visit wingsofhope
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