"Courage is getting up in the morning every day to face a battle you know you can't win."

-- John Feinstein, author of Caddy for Life, on Bruce Edwards
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Thank you to the Traveler's Championship, Chairman of the Board Jay Fishman, Tom Watson and John Feinstein for hosting the Bruce Edwards Foundation Benefit Dinner.  The event raised more than $1 million for research into treatments and a cure for ALS.  Mr. Fishman was an inspiring and tireless advocate for a cure after he announced his ALS diagnosis in 2015. Special guests included PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem and Jim Nantz of CBS Sports. Bubba Watson, Brian Gay and Jim Furyk also made generous donations to the Foundation during the Tournament. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Robert Packard Center at Johns Hopkins.


Welcome to the Bruce Edwards Foundation

The Bruce Edwards Foundation for ALS Research is dedicated to finding treatments and, ultimately, a cure for ALS.  We are a nonprofit organization and all money raised goes to organizations and medical facilities dedicated to ALS research.  Our primary beneficiary is the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland.  The Bruce Edwards Celebrity Classic is the major fundraising event of the Foundation.  The next edition is being planned for 2017.  More information can be found by clicking on the golf ball on the left.

Since the first Bruce Edwards Celebrity Classic in 2005, more than $5 million has been raised for ALS research.  Celebrity golfers regularly participating in our event over the years include PGA golfers Tom Watson, Andy North, Jay Haas, and Paul Goydos; NCAA basketball coaches Gary Williams, Roy Williams, and Jim Calhoun; former NBA great Sam Jones; New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning author Tom Friedman; and Washington Post journalist and author Bob Woodward.


In April 2004, Bruce Edwards, longtime friend and caddy of PGA golfer Tom Watson, died from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease."  Bruce actively worked on the Tour until just a few months before his death, and became the subject of the best-selling book Caddy for Life, written by renowned sports journalist John Feinstein.  

After Bruce's death, Feinstein and Watson joined forces to create The Bruce Edwards Foundation for ALS Research, which provides fund to medical research facilities dedicated to slowing the progression of and finding a cure for ALS.  The Foundation and its primary fundraiser, The Bruce Edwards Celebrity Golf Classic, fulfill a promise made to Bruce by Tom to help find a cure for this fatal disease.

To date, the Foundation has raised more than $4 million for critical research at the Packard Center at John Hopkins University as well as other ALS research facilities.  Our efforts will continue until a cure is found, and we appreciate the support of the celebrities, sponsors and players in our fundraising tournaments, and the network of local partners who donate to our Foundation.

Fundraiser and Tribute to Bruce

Special thanks to Norwood Hills Country Club in St Louis, Missouri for hosting an ALS event in the summer of 2016 and donating more than $76,000 to our Foundation.  Tom Watson was on hand for the unveiling of a special plaque dedicated to his and Bruce’s friendship.  The plaque reads: “Here at Norwood Hills in 1973 started one of the greatest golf relationships ever.  Tom Watson met Bruce Ewards, his beloved caddie and lifelong friend.”  We are so grateful to everyone at Norwood Hills for their recognition and their donation.


A Message from Tom Watson ...

Dear Friends,

If I could make one wish, it is for all of us to "keep the faith." It sounds like a phrase from the 1960's, but it still rings true today in our battle to find a cure for ALS. When Bruce was diagnosed in early 2003, I promised him I would do what I could to find a cure. There is promising research being done at medical centers, universities and research facilities throughout the world, but it takes money and dedication to find a cure. ALS is considered an orphan disease, meaning there are not enough people afflicted with it to make it profitable for the giant pharmaceutical companies to search for treatments or a cure. Don't let the fires burn out. Keep updated on the ALS information coming your way from any source you'd like. Our community needs all the help it can get. Thank you for your interest in the Bruce Edwards Foundation and keep the faith.



(c) 2016 The Bruce Edwards Foundation for ALS Research