Our Story

Brian Oates and Jay Monahan

Rob Stevens

In April of 2003, Jay Monahan and Brian Oates attended the funeral of a friend and colleague, Rob Stevens, who died too young of cancer. Rob left behind his wife Lissa and three young children – Alana, Adam, and Robbie. Jay and Brian left the funeral that day and made a commitment to run the Boston Marathon to raise funds to help Rob’s family.

Out of this, Golf Fights Cancer was born.

Recognizing that there is tremendous fundraising power in the golf community at-large, Jay, Brian and some of their friends in golf created Golf Fights Cancer, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for cancer-related charities and research organizations with the goal of fighting cancer and making financial contributions that can make immediate, tangible differences.


Golf Fights Cancer (GFC) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that taps into the passion and generosity of all golfers to raise much needed funds for cancer related organizations and families living with the disease. Specifically, GFC makes targeted donations for equipment, services, and/or amenities that make an immediate positive impact on treatment and the experience for both the patient and family.

Golf Fights Cancer was founded because we have a personal connection to cancer, just like you do. We are committed to harnessing the collective fundraising power of the entire golf community; making it easy for golfers to give back and making donations that make tangible differences in the fight against cancer.

Please consider yourself invited to join golfers everywhere in the fight against cancer and support Golf Fights Cancer!