Through the generous support of Southeast Texans over the past decade, the 10th Annual Miracle Match for Life Golf Tournament has reached a major milestone of $1,000,000 raised to benefit the Gulf Coast Marrow Donor Program, LifeShare Blood Centers and the Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program.
“We are deeply grateful for the strong showing of support from industry, businesses and individuals who organized teams and participated in this worthwhile tournament,” said Jamie Hogge, Miracle Match for Life Event Coordinator.
Nearly 300 golfers on 72 teams gathered at Brentwood Country Club to participate in the tournament and bid on exciting raffle prizes. The winning team was Burrow Global, whose players Chris Griffith, Mark Netterville, Willie Ward and Mark Wright scored a 54.
Title event sponsors, BASF FINA Petrochemicals, LP, represented by Carol Hebert, and TOTAL Port Arthur Refinery, represented by Pat Avery, champion the critical need for marrow donors, blood donations, and cancer screening and prevention in Southeast Texas. The project places special emphasis on education and recruitment in the African American, Native American and Hispanic communities, where donations and cancer screenings are less prevalent.
“We are honored to serve as title sponsor for 10th year because we know what a tremendous impact this makes on the community,” said Hebert, BASF FINA manager of community and government affairs. “One of our employees, Jay Bussell, was a successful marrow match, and that makes it very personal for our company.”
Avery, TOTAL manager of human resources and communications, said, “It is so wonderful to help three worthy organizations save lives in Southeast Texas.”
Founded in 2002, Miracle Match for Life has helped increase the number of blood and marrow donors in Southeast Texas, with more than 8,000 individuals having registered. Over 10 percent of the 448 donor matches from the Gulf Coast Marrow Donor Program since 1991 have been from the Golden Triangle.
“The funds raised will be applied toward educating the community on the need for blood donations and the recruitment of donors,” said Debbie Madar of LifeShare Blood Centers. “This effort is crucial in increasing awareness of the necessity for donors.”
Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases need an unrelated marrow or cord blood transplant and depend on the Be The Match Registry, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, to find a match. The need for transplants is increasing, with more than 10,000 Americans annually diagnosed with life-threatening diseases, such as leukemia or lymphoma, and their best or only hope of a cure being a transplant.
“We currently have several area patients who are in need of a bone marrow transplant and are searching for a match,” said Becky McCullough, executive director of the Gulf Coast Marrow Donor Program. “Miracle Match for Life funding helps pay for testing to get more Southeast Texans on the National Registry, which will increase the patients’ ability to find their match.”
Hundreds of medically underserved women and men have received free “Gift of Life” lifesaving screenings through Miracle Match for Life support.
Regina Rogers, “Gift of Life” founder and chair, said, “The mission of the ‘Gift of Life’ is to save lives, and the support of Miracle Match for Life enables the program to continue providing services and education throughout seven counties.”
For more information on the Miracle Match for Life Benefit Golf Tournament, please call Jamie Hogge at 893-8069.