The 18th Annual Ben Nascimbeni Jr. Memorial Golf Classic will be a wonderful a day of golf at the Tunxis Country Club in Farmington, CT and will be followed by a dinner at Prince Thomas of Savory (Italian Club) in Avon, CT. Last year $31,400 was raised in support of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at Connecticut Children’s.

Thanks to everyone who has participated in the past memorial classics. Together, more than $313,000 has been raised in support of Ben and his family, and now, Connecticut Children’s.

About Ben Nascimbeni, Jr.

Ben Jr. was a very active and energetic young man. He played hockey and golf at Simsbury High and was on the golf team at Radford University in Virginia.

In 2002, Ben was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma; a cancer that typically occurs in children and young adults. Despite his illness, he continued to play the sport he loved. Ben Jr. won the Simsbury Farms golf championship twice, and did so while recuperating from cancer surgery.

Unfortunately, Ben succumbed to this terrible disease in March of 2005. It was Ben’s will to never give up. His wife, Stacy, made a promise to him that she would continue his legacy through the game of golf. By raising funds and supporting cancer research, Stacy, his brother, Michael, and Ben’s parents, Barbara and Ben Sr., vowed to help find a cure – so that no other families would experience the nightmare caused by this devastating disease.

Explore the Impact of Your Support

Proceeds from the annual Ben Nascimbeni Jr. Memorial Golf Classic supports the Reid R. Sacco Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program, created specifically to collaborate with cancer specialists at UConn Health Center, where they provide consultation, medical care and support services for patients up to age 30 who have been diagnosed with leukemia, Hodgkin’s/non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, soft tissue and bone sarcomas, brain tumors or germ cell tumors.

The program unites specialists in oncology, surgery, orthopedic oncology, radiation oncology, nurses, social work, psychologists, radiologists, and child life specialists. Consultations are provided in Connecticut Children’s outpatient and inpatient settings, and in regional adult care hospitals for patients younger than 40, including UConn Health Center and Saint Francis Hospital. Each patient’s physician participates in the coordination of care and in medical decision-making discussions with patients and their families. When appropriate, patients who are eligible are given an opportunity to enroll in a clinical trial.