LECOM Health Challenge Guest of Honor, Mikey’s Way Foundation Recipient
Henry “Hank” Bartholomew from Williamsville, New York, was diagnosed with cancer in November 2015, at the age of seven. His cancer is known as a “Wilms Tumor” – manifesting itself as a two pound mass nearly the size of his head in his kidney before spreading to his lungs. To treat the cancer, Hank had an 11-hour surgery where they extracted the tumor, followed by 38 weeks of chemotherapy, and 2 rounds of radiation which concluded in July of last year.
Hank became involved with the Mikey’s Way Foundation after meeting Mikey’s dad, Les Friedman, at Roswell Cancer Institute, during his first five-day round of chemotherapy. Les gave Hank an iPod Touch, which allowed him to combat the boredom of days spent in the hospital and communicate with his friends and family.
Raised in a golf-loving home, Hank was introduced to the sport last summer at a week-long golf camp. Since Hank was still going through treatments at the time, golf was one of the only sports his doctors approved.
Knowing his love for golf, Hank Bartholomew will be a guest of honor at the 2017 LECOM Health Challenge. Not only will he participate in the first-ever OnCore Golf Junior Pro-Am event on July 3, but he will also take part in the ceremonial first tee shot to officially kick off the 2017 tournament on the morning of Thursday, July 6. To round out the week’s events, Hank will join the folks at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine on the 18th hole green on Championship Sunday to help present the trophy to the winner.