New Castle News

November 20, 2012

Charitable golf outing keeps memory alive

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

Just another golf outing.

When I was asked to volunteer at another golf outing, I came to find out a whole different story. It was a celebration of the life of a young man, Brandon Pitzer, who — at the age of 25 — lost his life against leukemia.

I found family, friends and a community not willing to forget the life of a courageous young man. Through the support of sponsors, vendors and countless donations in the last two years, the Pitzer family has given $12,000 to the Cancer Patient Care Fund of the Western Pennsylvania Cancer Institute, $30,000 for cancer research through the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society and $2,000 in scholarships.

The donations thus far did not include this year’s golf outing. The outcome of this golf outing has to be seen to realize the good that has come out of it. My hat is off to everyone involved who three years ago knew that they wanted to give an everlasting memory to a young man they will never lose in memories and spirit.

All that has been raised at this event is sent to brandonpitzermemorial.org and is donated for cancer research. I am grateful to the Pitzer family, friends and volunteers for letting me be a small part of something so important. I will never experience another fishing or hunting trip and not think of them or Brandon.

John O’Rourke

Terrace Drive

New Castle