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Reaching Out, Raising Funds to Find a Cure

In 2008 at the age of 40, Melissa Pittman wasn’t thinking about cancer. Busy with an active family and managing their relocation from South Carolina, Melissa and her husband, Jay, became part of the East Lake Woodlands Country Club golf community.

Shortly after settling in, Melissa and her family were faced with a shocking diagnosis: an inoperable brain tumor that forever changed their lives.  Initially only given three years to live, Melissa began her journey to survive. With chemo and radiation treatments to keep the tumor from growing, Melissa continued to beat the odds for eight unimaginable years. Early in 2016, the tumor returned and Melissa lost her battle later that spring. But her drive to find a cure lives on and was the catalyst for the Golfers vs. Brain Cancer Foundation.

Melissa’s determination, fighting spirit and the support of many friends and colleagues in the golfing community are the inspiration for Golfers vs. Brain Cancer. Family, friends and golfers of all skill levels rally together every year on behalf of Melissa and so many others who are stricken with brain cancer.

Celebrating the Tenth Edition
We celebrated the 10th edition of Golfers vs. Brain Cancer with a celebration party on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, and the golf tournament on Friday, Nov. 16 2018, at the East Lake Woodlands Country Club where a total of $35,000 dollars was raised. The 2019 edition was held on Nov. 22. 

Now after 11 years, Golfers vs. Brain Cancer has raised over $855,000 to support brain cancer research. To date, these funds have helped support ongoing research and resources to treat brain cancer patients at Moffitt Cancer Center & Johns Hopkins All Children’s in Tampa.

Melissa lived by the motto “each day is a gift – that is why it’s called the present; yesterday is the past and tomorrow is unknown, but today is my present.” 

Consider a sponsor-level donation, contribute to the live or silent auction, bring a foursome, and come out for a celebration jam or a great day of golfing for a great cause!

To learn more,  please reach out to the Foundation at 813-745-1394 or, or visit or follow us on Facebook.