The inaugural Champions for Hope golf tournament will benefit two worthwhile causes very dear to our hearts – the JT Townsend Foundation and pancreatic research with the Mayo Clinic.
* Net proceeds will be split evenly between the JT Townsend Foundation and the Pancreatic Research Funding for the Mayo Clinic *
PANCREATIC RESEARCH FUNDING FOR THE MAYO CLINIC
THE JT TOWNSEND FOUNDATION
The JT Townsend Foundation (JTTF) was established in 2008 with a mission to help children and adults living with disabilities on the First Coast with financial assistance and adaptive equipment often denied by insurance and to fund spinal cord injury research. While JT was with us, he would instruct his sisters how to assemble the equipment and they would drive him to deliver each piece. He loved to spend time with the recipients and their families. The families felt inspired them and hopefully every time JT visited them.
After JT’s sudden passing, JT’s dream continues on. To date, JTTF has helped over 250 families with $500,000 given in assistance and equipment. Carmen Townsend, JT’s mother, and aunt, Pat Jackson, work daily on the giving team for JTTF. They handle the phones, work up the applications, order the equipment, and deliver each piece keeping JT’s good work going. JTTF truly understands the great needs of this community. The JTTF team is a blessing and a source of faith, support, and inspiration to all who welcome them into their homes.
For more information, visit jttownsendfoundation.org.
In 2016, Pancreatic Cancer surpassed breast cancer to become the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. It is scheduled to become the number two cancer killer by 2020. There has been no change in treatment protocol for pancreatic cancer in fifty years. At a five-year survival rate of 9 percent, awareness of this lethal cancer needs to be raised now.
The Judith A. Zitiello Grant was established in 2016 and will be awarded to a pancreatic cancer researcher who meets the strict requirements of a sub-committee in collaboration with the Zitiello family and headed by Judi’s own surgeon, Dr. Horacio Asbun at the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Florida.
"Dr. Asbun is the human my family credits with saving my life,” says Judi Zitiello. "He is a brilliant surgeon who specializes in pancreatic cancer and will lead us to the most deserving and qualified researcher wherever they might be throughout the country or the world.”