On Thursday, August 15, 2013 John and Linda's friends, Rick and Jenny Gottstine, organized a golf tournament on behalf of the East Aurora Police Department's Quaker Club.
As an East Aurora Police Officer, Rick is a member of the Quaker Club and was in charge or organizing their golf tournament. He and Jenny immediately thought of Leah as the charitable recipient. (Some of you may recall Rick and Jenny hosted a birthday party for their daughter Libby a few years ago where instead of gifts, they had guests bring what they would have used to purchase a gift, and "pay it forward" by donating the money to Leah's medical fund and NF2 research.)
Keeping the same altruistic idea in mind, the weather cooperated and friends and strangers alike joined together at the Chestnut Hill Country Club for a fun day of golfing, basket raffles, a delicious steak dinner and an overall enjoyable day. In the end $2500 was raised! Half of the money was donated to Leah's Medical Fund to help with upcoming expenses involved with her medical care related to her Avastin treatments. The other half went towards the NF2 research fund, that John, Linda and NFNetwork Northeast have donated to annually to support specific NF2 research.
We continue to be amazed at the outpouring of support friends from near and far provide us with on a frerquent basis. We truly appreciate it and your generosity is paying off as we are starting to see the vital research into medications such as Avastin, becoming viable treatments to control the growth of these devastating tumors in NF2 patients.
With much appreciation and love,
The Manth Family