Golfer Fred Couples designates Presidents Cup funds to mesothelioma research

16 Apr 2012 by under Events, News, Organizations, People, Research/Treatment

pga logo Golfer Fred Couples designates Presidents Cup funds to mesothelioma researchProfessional golfer designated $25,000 from the 2011 Presidents Cup tournament to go to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. The Presidents Cup tournament raised a record-setting $4.5 million in proceeds to be distributed to charitable organizations around the world. Beneficiaries are chosen by the 30 players, captains and captains’ assistants. Couples chose the Meso Foundation with his girlfriend and caddy, Midge Elo Trammell, whose father, George Sheldon Elo, passed away in 2009 after a battle with pleural .

The Presidents Cup is a PGA TOUR event featuring team match play competition among 24 of the world’s top golfers – 12 from the United States and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe. It has been held every two years since 1994, alternating venues between the U.S. and abroad. In 2011, the tournament was held at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, where Couples served as Captain of the victorious U.S. team.

Players who participate in The Presidents Cup do not receive prize money or a winner’s “purse.” Instead, each player, captain, and captain’s assistant allocates an equal portion of the funds generated by the tournament to the charities of his choice. Additionally, the PGA TOUR, on behalf of The Presidents Cup, may make additional donations to charitable organizations.

Since it began, The Presidents Cup has raised more than $27 million for charity.

The Meso Foundation is the leading organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma as a life-ending cancer by funding peer-reviewed mesothelioma research, with over $7.6 million awarded to date. The Meso Foundation also provides patients and families with personalized and up-to-date information on mesothelioma treatments, clinical trials and medical referrals.

Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer linked to asbestos exposure. It may affect the lining of the lungs, abdomen or, more rarely, the heart. There is currently no known cure for mesothelioma.


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