Webster Golf Tourney Supports URMC Lung Research

May. 27, 2011
June 12 event raises funds to find cures for pulmonary fibrosis

A day on the links could help people breathe easier if you join the Greg Chandler, Guy F. Solimano Memorial Golf Tournament on Sunday, June 12. The event supports scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center and the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

The tournament begins with a 1 p.m. shotgun start at Webster Golf Club, 440 Salt Road. It includes golf, cart, lunch, dinner and prizes and costs $80 per golfer. Supporters can join the event for dinner for $40.

Pulmonary fibrosis is a condition in which over a period of time the lung tissue becomes thickened, stiff, and scarred. About 200,000 Americans are diagnosed with it each year. 

Greg Chandler died from the disease in 2007, leaving his wife, Cindy, and two teen sons. His family organized the tournament in his honor in 2008. A year later, Cindy Chandler’s father died from lung disease and now the event is held in memory of both men. To date, they have raised nearly $100,000.

Funds raised will support, in part, pulmonologist Patricia Sime, M.D., who leads a large research program focused on finding new therapies and potential cures for this challenging disease. She is chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Sime is professor of Medicine, Environmental Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Oncology, as well as director of Pulmonary Research Programs and associate chair of Medicine for Research.

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