The Andy North Fund
In 2009, my wife Susan and I developed The Andy North Fund and organized the inaugural Andy North and Friends event as a unique way to raise funds for the UW Carbone Cancer Center. The purpose was simple: bring friends together to fight cancer.
Since then, the Andy North Fund, at the UW Carbone Cancer Center, has grown into an amazing success. We’ve raised nearly $10 million dollars and funded dozens of pilot research studies at the UW Carbone Cancer Center, leading to millions more in matching funds. Most importantly, these successes have progressed cancer treatments forward, making concrete progress in the fight against cancer.
Through the Andy North and Friends event, Trivia with Andy North, or an online donation, you help support cutting edge research right here at UWCCC. When we work together, we can defeat cancer once and for all.
Two-time US Open champion Andy North had no choice but to hit the links. In the seventh grade, the future professional golfer wasn't particularly interested in the sport and instead opted to play football and basketball. When a knee injury forced him to give up contact sports, he turned to golf as an alternative and the game quickly became a passion and ultimately his life's work.
At the University of Florida, his play landed him All-American honors three times. After racking up amateur victories, the Wisconsin native turned professional in 1972 and embarked on a successful PGA career. He won the 1978 and 1985 U.S. Open Championships, one of only 16 men to win the event more than once. He also played on the 1978 World Cup and 1985 Ryder Cup teams.
However, during the spring of 1991 Andy missed nearly two months of tournaments on the PGA Tour but, more importantly, became part of a group that grows larger every day. More than 500,000 Americans develop skin cancer every year, and in 1991, Andy was among those counted. Andy had basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer, but its least common subtype, morphea. Even though the doctor believes the tumor had grown for more than a year, it was invisible to the naked eye.
Five operations later the cancer had been cut out, and the doctor had removed most of his left nostril and left a hole on his face the size of a quarter. He considers himself one of the lucky ones.
Through golfing and commentating for ESPN, Andy continues to give of his time and talent to the world of golf and philanthropy around the globe.