On May 4, Harbor Hills was the honored host for the annual For Kids’ Sake Golf Tournament. This is a special celebration of life for one little girl – Malia Jusczyk. It started in 2011 with her diagnosis of a very aggressive childhood cancer known as neuroblastoma. With the help of local resident physician Dr. Jay Shaktawat and Dr. Srinivas Attanti, Malia was declared cancer-free in July, 2012. Now a healthy 10 year old, Malia is the inspiration for the For Kids’ Sake Foundation, created by her dad, Glen Jusczyk. This volunteer-based nonprofit raises money for research and treatment of pediatric cancer. It also provides financial assistance to the families of children similarly diagnosed.
Dr. Shaktawat and his associates brought the For Kids’ Sake parent and child golf tournament to Harbor Hills six years ago. He rallied local physicians to sponsor the fundraiser. “My daughter is the same age as Malia,” Shaktawat commented. “They played together and Malia’s joy and love of life never waivered. I was inspired to bring awareness and support to this remarkable child and her foundation.”
According to the Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Society, “For families affected by neuroblastoma, the medical costs alone typically exceed $500,000 with many costs not covered by health insurance. This experience can devastate a family financially.” Malia’s mom, Megan, explained that only 3.8 percent of all cancer research goes to pediatric cancer.
Over ninety golfers from our area participated in this 8AM shotgun scramble. Malia herself was a strong, young contender! Mom Megan again expressed her gratitude to those who generously give their time and money to support the foundation. All proceeds benefit families struggling with pediatric cancer. For more information, visit forkidssakefoundation.org.