The Gold Standard: QHS Golfers Join Forces to Ban Birdie Fundraiser to Honor Late Father and Help Brain Cancer Patients – Muddy River Sports | Jewelry Dukan

The Gold family – left to right, Gabriel, Nicole, Sophia and Mark – is providing the inspiration for the Birdies for Brain Cancer fundraiser being held by the Quincy High School boys’ and girls’ golf teams this fall. | photo submitted

QUINCY – Of course, Dr. Mark Gold inclined to help his son Gabriel with his biology homework.

“It really didn’t work that well,” Gabriel said, laughing.

His father’s interest was genuine and understandable. Mark Gold has been a board-certified neurosurgeon for more than 30 years, spent 18 years with Quincy Medical Group and performed numerous surgeries at Blessing Hospital.

His extensive knowledge of the spine, brain, and human anatomy made him an unparalleled source for biology homework, but it caused information overload for a high school student.

“Gabe did better without him,” said his sister Sophia, shaking her head from side to side and giggling the whole time. “Our father read far too deeply into it.”

Still, Gabriel welcomed the willingness and desire to help.

“He would do anything for us,” said Gabriel, a junior at Quincy High School and the No. 1 golfer on the Blue Devils roster. “He was always there for support.”

Gabriel and Sophia want to carry on this spirit.

In the months following her father’s death – Dr. Mark Gold passed away on January 6th at the age of 63 – the Gold siblings came up with the idea of ​​using golf to raise funds to generate support for brain cancer patients and their families.

At first they asked and received the full support of their mother, Nicole. They then pitched the idea to their teammates and friends, Saya and Issa Geisendorfer, and the Birdies for Brain Cancer event came to life.

Money is raised for every birdie a golfer makes on either the QHS boys or girls golf teams. Supporters have made pledges through the event’s website, while some have simply donated a specific amount. In either case, all money raised through the end of the calendar year will go to the American Brain Tumor Association.

“It came from trying to do a good cause and honor our father,” said Gabriel, a junior who reached the Class 3A state tournament as a singles player last fall. “Being a neurosurgeon, he had to deal with it a lot and help these people and the families that are going through this. We wanted to do something good for them.”

Not only has ABTA’s support been successful close to home, they also realized that not many fundraisers are geared towards helping brain cancer patients.

“It’s not talked about as much as some other types of cancer,” said Sophia, a sophomore on the QHS girls’ team, who plays at No. 1 after helping the Blue Devils last fall as a team win the class- Reach AA State Tournament.

According to ABTA, more than 700,000 people in the United States are living with a brain tumor and nearly 500 more are diagnosed with a brain tumor every day.

“It affects a lot of people,” Gabriel said. “It’s just not talked about that much.”

The impact it had on the Gold family in every way made this a matter of the heart. When the idea was presented to the Geisendorfers, there was no doubt that they would go along with it.

“I thought ‘Sure,'” said Saya, a senior on the girls’ team.

Issa, a newcomer to the boys’ team, added: “I thought it was a really great idea.”

“The generosity of the people is amazing”

Originally, Gabriel believed that teams would achieve 80 to 100 birdies by the end of the season.

“I think I underestimated,” he said. “The girls played really well”

His sister had higher goals.

“I would say we could do 150,” Sophia said.

The Blue Devils are on the right track for that. By Wednesday’s game, the girls had rolled 62 birdies and the boys 50. With eight combo events remaining in the regular season and the following postseason games, another 40 birdies are achievable.

It should allow teams to reach their goal of generating $8,000.

“It was previously set at $5,000, but because we got to the halfway point (before the end of August) with so much support from everyone, we decided to raise the target,” Issa said. “We want to do as much as possible”

Driving traffic to the website is crucial.

The group has partnered with ABTA to create a donation form where supporters can donate $1, $3, or $5 for each birdie made. There is also a donation link for those who would like to donate a single amount. Currently $3,775 has been raised through donations.

“It was incredible,” Gabriel said. “The generosity of the people is amazing.”

dr Mark Gold, in the back row with his wife Nicole, caddyed to his two children – Sophia, left, and Gabriel – during their junior careers. | photo submitted

“He was just a good person”

Mark Gold was not a golf dad in the technical sense. He didn’t know the mechanics of a golf swing or how to help one of his children improve his game.

“He never actually played golf,” Sophia said. “He was there to support.”

He was there to be her father.

Gabriel and Sophia learned the values ​​of responsibility, integrity and generosity from their father, who devoted as much time to his family as to his patients. Mark Gold caddyed both children at junior tournaments and was present in every aspect of their lives.

“He was just a good person,” said Sophia.

On the pitch, he wanted his kids to enjoy the moment and enjoy the game.

“He was really positive, also very funny,” Gabriel said. “If we had a bad hole or something, he would be joking and we wouldn’t feel bad about it. He had a way of making us feel good.”

Said Sophia: “That would relieve the golf part and be more fun.”

Those who played alongside the Golds took notice.

“He was really loving,” said Saya Geisendorfer. “He was always around them, taking care of them on the golf course and at their homes. He was her father.”

Issa said: “We always saw him helping them no matter what. Whenever they were in a difficult situation on the golf course, he always tried to help them find the best. He was always there for her on and off the golf course.”

The same applied to his patients.

His family told a story about how Dr. Gold was once said to have spent too much time with his patients. His answer? “I give patients all the time I think they need from me. Period. End of the story.”

It resonated with his children.

Sophia wants to study medicine and become a neurosurgeon. Gabriel weighs options between studying medicine and a career in finance. No matter which way they go, their father’s unending support will be with them.

And the Golds are pretty confident that their father would give his full support to this fundraiser.

“I think he would love it and would love it if we helped the brain cancer community,” Gabriel said. “He’s seen it so many times while he’s working and how bad it could be for these families and these patients. I think he would be proud of us if we do that.”

Said Sophia: “He supported other organizations doing similar things. I think he would be really happy about that and really stand behind it.”

Both Golds smiled at the thought.

“It helps the families of brain tumor patients,” Gabriel said. “But it also helps us remember our dad and try to do something for a good cause in his name and honor.”

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