The 4th Annual Tampa Bay International Curry Festival, which will feature savory delicacies, exciting events, and live music, will also be held in part to support and raise awareness for a variety of local medical, educational, and children-based charities, such as Golfers vs. Brain Cancer, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation with a goal of finding a cure for brain cancer.
How Golfers vs. Brain Cancer Began
It all started with a shocking diagnosis.
At the age of 40, Melissa Pittman was busy with an active family; cancer was the furthest thing from her thoughts. However, one day of out the blue, Melissa visited the doctor and had her whole world flipped upside down.
She learned had an inoperable brain tumor; her life would be forever changed.
Initially, Melissa was given just three years to live, but with her remarkable strength, determination, and chemo/radiation treatments, Melissa continued to beat the odds.
Now however, after more than three years in dormancy, Melissa’s tumor has recently grown again.
This time, a cure is more important than ever.
Melissa’s determination, fighting spirit, and the support of many friends and colleagues in the East Lake Woodlands Country Club golfing community (of which her and her husband are active members), have all become the inspiration for Golfers vs. Brain Cancer.
Family, friends, and golfers at all levels of skills have come to Melissa’s side to rally for her and so many others stricken with brain cancer.
To date, Golfers vs. Brain Cancer has raised over $250,000 to support brain cancer research and to find a cure.
The organization, now in its sixth year, has contributed these funds to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa help support ongoing research and resources in the fight against brain cancer.
The Tampa Bay International Curry Festival hopes to bring more awareness and support to this donation.
Proceeds from the festival’s Friday Night VIP party on September 18th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Bayanihan Arts & Events Center in Tampa, will go to benefit Golfers vs. Brain Cancer and like organizations.
This VIP party will be an exclusive event that will include access to an open bar, lively entertainment, and endless cuisine as part of a fundraising.