On Monday, September 16th, a NETA Cares foursome played at Boston Golf Club in Hingham as part of the Sean McDonough Celebrity Golf Classic. This event supports cardiac amyloidosis research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Sean’s father, Will McDonough, renown columnist for the Boston Globe, had passed away of cardiac amyloidosis in 2003.

Cardiac Amyloidosis is a disorder caused by deposits of an abnormal protein (amyloid) in the heart tissue. These deposits make it hard for the heart to work properly. At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Falk is the director of the Cardiac Amyloidosis Program, as well as a cardiovascular medicine specialist. He has written over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and largely, his research focuses on treatment of this rare disease. Golfers and celebrities were able to learn more about cardiac amyloidosis and Dr. Falk’s work at the Draft Party prior to the tournament. The group also listened to two patients that were under Dr. Falk’s care. Without the research and attention giving by Dr. Falk, his staff and BWH, these patients were able to share their personal stories, and give even more meaning to the tournament’s fundraising.

Which brings us to the tournament itself: A NETA Cares foursome paired with Maury Povich. (You read that correctly!)

18 holes. No carts. 70’s. Boston Golf Club. Maury Povich.

Pat, Cultivation Flower Supervisor, exclaimed, “I had a blast at the Tournament and at the Draw Party. The Draw Party was fun to go to a fancy event like that surrounded by celebrities and high level people at huge local companies such as Sam Adams or Del Friscos Steakhouse. Everyone was there to support a great cause and it was great to see how much people were willing to donate to support cardiac amyloidosis research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Finding out we were playing with Maury Povich was a great surprise!

At the Golf Tournament everything was included such as food and drinks. It was a beautiful course and an even nicer day to play. I had a rough day golfing but it was worth it to spend the day walking the course talking to Maury who seemed very interested in the marijuana industry. Overall it was a great experience and one I appreciate the opportunity to go.”
Bryan, Security Manager in Brookline, shared similar sentiments, “It was a picture perfect day at the Boston Golf Club in Hingham.  I was really impressed with the condition of the golf course and the difficult greens made for an interesting day.  Playing with Maury Povich was a treat and we had a lot of laughs.  Both the BWH and Boston Golf Club staff were friendly and welcoming and I was honored to be a part of the NETA Cares team to help support BWH.”
Eric, Brookline General Manager, exclaimed, “The Sean McDonough Celebrity Golf Classic was a great opportunity to play for a great cause on behalf of NETA cares at Boston Golf Club, which is one of the best golf courses in the country. Getting to play with Maury Povich and meeting several celebrities including Charles Barkley and Brad Stevens was icing on the cake!”

NETA Cares continues to have a busy schedule in the upcoming weeks:
  • 09/20: Fall Harvest Celebration benefiting CISA (Culture Involved in Sustaining Agriculture)
  • 09/22: Volunteering at Yawkey Family Inn benefiting families at Boston Children’s Hospital
  • 10/12: High HOPes 3-Miler benefiting My One Wish Foundation
  • 10/25: Harvest Dinner benefiting Cancer Connection