Playing with a Purpose
Dan Kucab remembers when he was just 7 years old, he and his dad, Karl, first started playing golf together. “I wanted to do whatever he was doing. We picked up golf at the same time.”
Their love of the game and, more significantly, their love of spending time together, drew them to the golf course countless times. “No matter where we were, we would find a way to sneak off and get in a round of golf.”
In late 2009, Karl received devastating news. A pancreatic cancer diagnosis would give him only a few months more with his son and the rest of his loving family. A year after Karl died, Dan decided he wanted to pay tribute to his dad by giving to others in his name. Of course, the most fitting place to honor him was on the golf course. For the last six years, family and friends have gathered in Portage for the Karl Kucab Memorial Golf Outing. “It feels great,” says Dan. “We do a lot of reminiscing. There are a lot of emotions, too.”
By taking part in the outing, golfers are helping cancer patients through the Bronson Health Foundation. They have donated more than $70,000 for programs and services. The signature item they support is the Cancer Care Comfort Bag, which is provided to breast cancer patients after surgery. The pink tote includes a pillow, lint roller, blanket, tumbler, journal, lip balm and medical supplies. Funds raised also help cancer patients with transportation to appointments and educational materials. “People suffer mentally, physically and financially. Any little bit helps, and that’s what we are striving for.”
Dan says he knows his dad is watching down during the golf outing – enjoying not just the camaraderie, but the spirit of giving he inspired.