When he played safety for the 2002 national champion Ohio State football team, Rob Harley knew there were 10 other guys on the defense who had his back.

When he played safety for the 2002 national champion Ohio State football team, Rob Harley knew there were 10 other guys on the defense who had his back.

Eight years later, when he needed it most, Harley found out some of those same teammates are willing to back him up.

Joe Bradley, a 2000 Upper Arlington High School graduate and a linebacker on the 2002 team, helped organize a golf benefit for Harley Helping Hands, a group dedicated to aiding families dealing with brain cancer.

Bradley called former Buckeyes Simon Fraser, Branden Joe, Andy Groom, Josh Huston and Mike Nugent, as well as Columbus Blue Jackets right winger Jared Boll to serve as celebrity guests at the inaugural event 11 a.m. July 19 at the Heritage Golf Club in Hilliard.

The charity event was inspired by Harley's brother Kit, who died on March 27 at age 33 from the disease.

"There's that old expression that cornerbacks are on an island, but at the same time defense is about all 11 guys working together," Harley said. "There's like a string that tied all of us together.

"When (Bradley) approached me about doing this, I said to him, 'You have to run with this.' I was taken back by it, but at the same time I knew it's a lot of work. It was just cool knowing someone was willing to put something like this together."

The event will include a four-person scramble, a box lunch provided by Milo's Deli, beverages, a longest drive contest, a closest to the pin contest, a longest putt contest, a silent auction and an awards reception.

Harley said he wasn't sure how many athletes would attend since it's in the middle of training camp for those still active in the NFL.

"That's the cool thing," Harley said. "A lot of these guys we approached said, 'Anything I can do, I'll do.' There's that expression 'Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye.' There's such a family atmosphere here."

After he heard Kit had been diagnosed with brain cancer, Bradley said he had to do something.

"You don't realize the far reaching impact some people had on others until after they're gone," Harley said. "Every day I receive a handful of emails from people who he touched. It's no surprise people wanted to do something for him."

Harley said one of the toughest parts of dealing with his brother's battle was watching his family deal with the expenses associated with the disease. When he was diagnosed, Kit and his wife, Rachel, had a 2-year-old son, Bradyn, and were expecting a second child, Reese, who was born in May.

After his brother died, Harley's Helping Hands became a 501c3 non-profit organization where 100 percent of the profits and donations go to support families who have members battling brain cancer.

"Rob and Kit's friends watched what they went through and found out how tough it is to make it (financially)," Bradley said. "There are a lot of groups out there raising money for cancer research. They wanted to do some thing to help people who are going through the same thing as his brother."

Fees for the tournament include corporate foursomes for $650, foursomes for $500 and individual golfers for $160. The fees go up for those who register after Saturday.

To register individual golfers, foursomes, corporate foursomes, to be a sponsor, or to be a volunteer, visit http://www.golfdigestplanner.com/14968-harleyhelpinghands or at harleyhelpinghands.com.