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Disc golf tournament raises $2,000 for child heart research


A disc golf tournament hosted by Central Michigan University's Graduate Sports Event Management class raised $2,000 for research on child heart defects on Oct. 22.

The event, titled The Harvest Classic for Heart, was created to help raise money for the nonprofit organizations Sawyer’s Light and the Save-A-Heart Foundation.

Sawyer’s Light was created by CMU faculty member Jordan Bruursema and his wife to honor their son Sawyer, who was born with the heart defect Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. The nonprofit helps families who have children with congenital heart defects. 

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Save-A-Heart at Mott Children’s Hospital, where Sawyer was treated while he was suffering with the disease.

The event ran from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and 40 participants. The tournament also had 19 corporate sponsors including Dominos, AutoZone and Isabella Bank. 

Bruursema said he was pleased with the turnout and is certain participants and others in attendance walked away with more knowledge about congenital heart defects. He said many people messaged him saying they wanted to help out next year now that they are aware of the effects a defect can have on a family and their child.