The Thomas P. O'Sullivan Foundation

The Thomas P. O'Sullivan IV Foundation was established to honor this special man and to celebrate his life's work of harmonizing mind, heart, spirit and body. This nonprofit organization provides funding for research, education, advocacy, prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer.

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In selecting what type of fundraiser the Foundation should kick-off with, it was an easy decision. Tom loved to golf! Each fall, the Foundation holds the Tom O’Sullivan Memorial Golf Classic. This event is our annual fundraiser and we rely on the generosity of corporate sponsors, private donations, and our charitable golfers. Funds raised at the tournament support the Foundation’s objectives of education, research, advocacy, and prevention of colorectal cancer.

The tournament has become a much anticipated occasion, with the opportunity for golfers to play on some of the metropolitan area’s best courses. Golfers enjoy lunch, beverages, themed holes, prizes, trophies, and a closing event with dinner and program about the Foundation’s mission and efforts.

Make plans to join us Friday, August 17th, at Swope Memorial Golf Course in Kansas City, Missouri for a day full of fun, raising much needed funds for colorectal cancer. If you have any questions, please email our Tournament Chairperson, Jodi Sundaram.

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For your convenience and online protection, we have gathered all of our online registration and payment functions into a payment center separate from our main website. When you select your registration preference below, you will be transferred to our payment center to complete your registration.

We accept our online payments via the PayPal system. This system is recognized for its security – your personal information is secure and protected by PayPal. Donating online is quick and you do not need an online account in order to donate. PayPal accepts all major credit cards.

Our Research

Our Research
The Thomas P. O'Sullivan IV Foundation has funded research in a wide variety of areas. Colorectal cancer stem cells, blood biomarkers, natural plant compounds with anti-cancer properties, studies in bacteria and micro-environment, as well as projects that have revealed cancer cell activity not seen before. This year we are doing something different. Your 2018 gifts and donations as well as proceeds from The 2018 Thomas P. O'Sullivan Golf Classic will go to a joint research project between the University of Kansas Cancer Center and Children's Mercy Hospital. There is a high risk group of children that are predisposed to familial adenomatous polyposis. These children develop hundreds of polyps and if not treated are 100% likely to develop colon cancer in their lifetimes. Understanding this condition will improve these children's lives and outcomes.

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About Tom

Tom O'Sullivan
It is a wonderful gift to have someone in your life whose company you treasure simply because they inspire you to be a better person. Sometimes it is their impeccable integrity, their compassion or open-mindedness or perhaps just their willingness to give advice in a gentle and genuine manner with just the right dose of humor. Tom O'Sullivan was aged 50 when he died of colon cancer on June 23, 2007, just four months after diagnosis. A Kansas City native, he was the first-born of a large Irish Catholic family and was a local dentist for 25 years. His passing left a huge void in the lives of all who knew and loved him. To read about Tom's journey through his illness and the many messages he received from friends and family, please visit the CaringBridge website..

The Thomas P. O'Sullivan IV Foundation was established to honor this special man and to celebrate his life's work of harmonizing mind, heart, spirit and body. This non-profit organization provides funding for research, education, advocacy, prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer.

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Volunteer for the Golf Tournament

Without our volunteers the tournament would not be possible. Here are a few facts about the tournament and what to expect: Time - The tournament runs from 11 to 7:00 starting with registration. Volunteers have the option of working All day, 11am-4pm or 3pm to 7pm. Your role - The day of the tournament volunteers are assigned which hole they will be on and who they are paired with. All volunteers work in at least pairs. Food and drinks - Volunteers working all day are provided both lunch and dinner. Lunch is provided for those who work 11 – 4. And, those who work 3 to 7 will join us for dinner. Plenty of water and pop will be provided to volunteers in addition to drink tickets. We look forward to a beautiful day raising money for colon cancer and would love to spend the day with you. If you have any additional questions feel free to contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Susie Coultis.

Help Support Our Research Efforts

Our goals are simple. We strive to continue to raise funds and seek out cutting-edge research that is in need of seed money so that great scientists can continue their work in search of better detection, more effective treatments, and ultimately a cure. We look forward to becoming the regional resource organization to provide guidance and direction to colorectal cancer patients seeking counsel and support in their journey. We will continue to collaborate with organizations to drive national and state legislative action pertaining to Colorectal Cancer. In short, we will strive to make colorectal cancer... "Preventable, Treatable, Beatable."

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