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Format: 04/18/2014
Format: 04/18/2014


Golf Tournament July 24 to Honor Thomas J. Walsh, Raise Money for Western Pennsylvania Cancer Institute Patients

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

The second annual “Teeing off for T” Thomas J. Walsh Memorial Golf Outing, benefiting the patients of The Western Pennsylvania Cancer Institute (WPCI) at West Penn Hospital, is set for Saturday, July 24, at Rolling Fields Golf Club in Murrysville.

The event honors the memory of Thomas Walsh, who passed away Feb. 3, 2009, of complications of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). It is hosted by his sons Rich Walsh and Greg Walsh, and his business partner Blasé Santoriello.

“My father and Blasé worked hard to transform Rolling Fields into one of the best public golf courses in the area,” said Rich Walsh, Sports Anchor/Reporter for WPXI-TV. “We hope golfers will enjoy the challenging course and its ‘country club’ greens while raising money for this very worthy cause.”

Funds raised will be used to purchase specialized furnishings for patients and families who require inpatient stays at West Penn’s Bone Marrow Transplant, Hematology and Oncology Unit. Proceeds from last year’s outing were used to paint the ward in cheerful colors and purchase new televisions. Items still needed include chairbeds, window blinds, painted ceiling tiles, portable game systems, exercise equipment and computer work stations, and updates to the waiting area and patient information area are planned.

WPCI is one of only two transplant programs in the city of Pittsburgh and accounts for nearly 900 admissions annually, performing an average of 80 transplants. The program is a member of the Cancer and Leukemia Group B, offering patients access to the nation’s most up-to-date clinical trials. In addition, the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation recognizes the program as a Center of Excellence dedicated to treating disorders that inhibit healthy blood cell production.

“My father received exceptional care from everyone at West Penn: doctors, residents, nurses and all employees, and our family is glad to have this opportunity to give back” Rich Walsh said. During his father’s treatment, Rich became close to James M. Rossetti, DO, and the two decided on a golf tournament as the best way to honor Thomas.

“Our patients and their families often spend a significant amount of time away from home. They will greatly benefit from the funds raised at this tournament, and we are very thankful to the Walsh family and Mr. Santoriello for their hard work and generosity,” said John Lister, MD, Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology and Director of WPCI.

“Teeing off for T” registration begins at 9 a.m. with the shotgun scramble beginning at 11 a.m. and dinner at 5:30 p.m. Prizes and auction/raffle items include one week’s stay at a four-bedroom vacation home on the World Tour golf course in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Homeplate Club seating at PNC Park, an overnight stay with golf at Nemacolin Woodlands resort and autographed Steelers and Penguins jerseys.

Registration is required by July 7 and may be made by contacting WPCI at (412) 578-4355 or emailing bscanlon@wpahs.org.


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