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Putt for Hope

May 10 event helps families at St. Jude Children's Hospital


A Delaware family whose son successfully recovered from surgery to remove a brain tumor in 2005 at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital continues to support the hospital today.

Magic Mountain Fun Center, 8350 Lyra Drive, at Polaris, is hosting the 7th annual "Putt for Hope," from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 10.

The event will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a non-profit pediatric treatment and research center in Memphis, Tenn.

Families of patients at St. Jude are not required to pay for treatments not covered by insurance.

Registration for the family-themed event is $60 for a foursome or $15 per individual.

The registration fee includes at least one 18-hole round of miniature golf and a pizza luncheon.

Raffle tickets will be sold for a variety of donated prizes to raise additional proceeds for St. Jude.

Prizes include zip line packages, access to Cedar's Point and Kings Island, Columbus Blue Jackets memorabilia, and American Girl doll merchandise.

The Thomson family established the Putt for Hope seven years ago as a way to show gratitude and garner support for St. Jude, where Zach Thomson, at the age of six, was treated for a brain tumor in 2005.

Today, Zach is 15 and a member of the golf team at Buckeye Valley High School.

"We wanted to do something to give back to the place that gave Zach a new lease on life," said Lisa Thomson, Zach's mother.

"Zach has the opportunity today to play golf, a sport he's always liked, so we chose to have a benefit (at Magic Mountain)," Thomson said.

"It's to raise money and awareness for all St. Jude does for families."

In the past six years, Putt for Hope has raised about $41,700 for St. Jude.

About 200 people participated last year, said Morgan Kuhn, a senior event marketing representative for St. Jude.

"It's a great event that helps us continue to provide for our families," Kuhn said.