"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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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 ALS Celebrity Golf Classic is the major fundraising event of the Foundation.

Since the first Bruce Edwards ALS Celebrity Golf Classic in 2005, more than $5.5 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 ALS 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 $5.5 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.

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.



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