Fighting cancer: Ryan’s story

In 2007, Ryan Carrigan’s dad Ron was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a type of blood cancer. Always one to protect his family, Ron insisted he was well for many years after his diagnosis. But on Father’s Day in 2012, everything changed. After winning a game of golf against Ryan in the morning, Ron began to feel unwell. Within hours, he was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. Ron was never discharged from the hospital and passed away in the Intensive Care Unit later that year.

“My dad was a big character. In life, but for my family and I especially,” says Ryan. “Losing him really rocked us.”

Shortly after his passing, the Carrigans wanted to do something in memory of their beloved father and husband. Because Ron loved to golf, they decided a memorial golf tournament was the perfect way to honor his memory. Inviting family and friends, the Ron Carrigan Memorial Tournament began as an intimate day to celebrate the life of someone who touched the lives of those in attendance.

“It was a really nice day in memory of someone we loved so much,” recounts Ryan.

This summer will mark the 5th anniversary of the tournament, which has now grown to a large event in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.

“We realized we wanted to turn this tournament into a fundraiser and donate the money to an organization that could help us have victory over this terrible disease,” says Ryan. “The Canadian Cancer Society was the right choice because they allowed us to choose how the funds we raised were used. We are supporting research to beat chronic lymphocytic leukemia, which is very specific to our challenges.”

As the second largest national charitable funder of leukemia research, CCS is saving lives of those affected by leukemia.

After raising over $15,000 in 2016, Ryan is determined to double the revenue in 2017. “It’s important to us to contribute to something bigger than ourselves. If we can help even one other family avoid what we went through, it’s all worth it.”

By choosing to fundraise in support of the Canadian Cancer Society, you can turn your passion into action to help Canadians living with cancer and their families. “We were able to double our impact since we paired up with CCS,” says Ryan. “The support and tools they provided streamlined our processes and ensured the money was going straight to the cause.

If you’re interested in hosting your own golf tournament, or would like more information on creating a fundraiser to support the fight against cancer, click here.