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Memorial golf outing benefits Western Pennsylvania Cancer Institute

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

MURRYSVILLE – “Teeing off for T,” the inaugural Thomas J. “T” Walsh Memorial Golf Outing to benefit The Western Pennsylvania Cancer Institute (WPCI) at West Penn Hospital, is set for Saturday, July 25 at Rolling Fields Golf Club in Murrysville. 

Thomas Walsh passed away Feb. 3, 2009 of complications of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) at age 56. His son, WPXI-TV Sports Anchor/Reporter Rich Walsh, said the goal of “Teeing off for T” is to honor his father’s memory while helping others who are faced with a hematological malignancy.

Rich is hosting the event along with his brother Greg Walsh and Blase Santoriello, who co-owned Rolling Fields with Thomas. Thomas grew up working at golf courses and five years ago realized his lifelong dream of owning one. He and Santoriello built it into one of the area’s best public golf courses.

Funds raised will be used to purchase specialized furnishings for patients who require inpatient stays at West Penn’s Bone Marrow Transplant, Hematology and Oncology Unit, and their families. Patients travel to WPCI from nearly all regions of Pennsylvania and four surrounding states. It is one of the region’s busiest programs, performing about 80 cell transplants annually.

Dedicated to treating disorders that inhibit healthy blood cell production, West Penn’s program is accredited by FACT, the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy, and is recognized by the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation as a Center of Excellence. It is also a member of the Cancer and Leukemia Group B, a multicenter cooperative group offering patients access to the nation’s most up-to-date clinical trials.

“The care that my dad had at West Penn was above and beyond anything I expected,” Rich said. Everyone from doctors and residents to nurses and allied health employees gave them exceptional treatment and were always ready to answer any questions, he said.

Rich became close with James M. Rossetti, DO, Associate Director of the Cell Transplantation Program at WPCI, during his father’s treatment, and together they decided on a golf tournament as the best way to honor Thomas.

“We are very grateful for the generosity and hard work of the Walsh family and Mr. Santoriello in hosting this event,” said John Lister, MD, Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology and Director of WPCI. “Their efforts will greatly benefit the patients and families who often travel far from home to seek the care they need.”

“Teeing off for T” registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and the shotgun scramble begins at noon. Dinner, program, prizes, raffle and auction begin at 6 p.m. Packages are available at a variety of levels from dinner-only to event sponsor. All golfers receive dinner, refreshments and a golf cart.

Prizes and auction/raffle items include a one-week stay at a four-bedroom vacation home located on the World Tour Golf Course in Myrtle Beach, S.C.; seats in the Home Plate Club at PNC Park and an overnight stay with golf at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.

Registration is required by July 7. For more information, call WPCI at (412) 578-4355 or email bscanlon@wpahs.org.



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