Community Spotlight: Par for the Kids
Pictured above: Bennett at Par for the Kids with his dad Jason and other golfers.
In March 2018, our 9-year-old son, Bennett, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After several months of balance and motor skill issues, our pediatrician sent him for an MRI. Our hearts shattered when the doctor pulled us into a quiet room and gave us the news no parent should ever have to hear:
“We found something on the MRI.”
These words changed our lives forever. The radiologist had found a tumor in the middle of Bennett’s brain. Once the initial shock of his diagnosis began to wear off, we met with a pediatric oncologist and neurosurgeon and quickly realized there weren’t many great treatment options. Chemotherapy treatments – many of which were developed for adults and different types of cancer – would just be a band-aid that could cause permanent damage to his heart and other organs and secondary cancers later in life. Radiation is also harmful to developing brains, especially in very young children. And while there have been cutting-edge advancements in adult brain tumor treatments, similar research has not kept pace for kids.
Realizing there’s no real cure for our son’s tumor was a shock.
We wanted to change things. We wanted to feel like we were doing something – not only for our son, but for the thousands of kids in our community and around the world who are living with brain cancer.
That’s why we started Par for the Kids, an annual golf tournament that benefits the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Since 2019, Par for the Kids has raised over $140,000 for pediatric brain tumor research. Every dollar brings us one step closer to more effective and less harmful treatments. Every dollar brings us one step closer to a cure.
Kids like Bennett don’t have time to wait another month, another week, another day for us to raise money to stop the deadliest childhood disease. They deserve an opportunity to live full lives right now. Join us in taking action today.
– Elizabeth and Jason Testa, Bennett’s parents