Documentary provides platform to raise ALS awareness
ORLANDO, Fla. (June 9, 2010) – The June 14 premiere of the Golf Channel documentary, Caddy for Life: The Bruce Edwards Story, not only will recall the inspirational life of one of golf’s pioneers, but also will shed light on the disease that tragically took his life and how his family and closest friends continue to fight for a cure.
Based on The New York Times best-selling book by John Feinstein, Caddy for Life is an amazing and emotional remembrance of the extraordinary relationship between one of history’s greatest golfers, Tom Watson, and his longtime friend and caddy, Bruce Edwards. It also recounts Edwards’ battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, until his untimely and tragic death in 2004.
Watson and Feinstein were inspired to tell their stories to remember a great man, but they knew that participating in the documentary also would provide a great platform to raise awareness for a disease that afflicts one in 100,000 people every year – and one that has no cure.
“This gives me the bully pulpit to speak about ALS,” said Watson when interviewed about the documentary. “It took his (Edwards’) life, and still is taking people’s lives. We need to continue this battle and make sure we’re doing everything we can to slow this deadly disease down.”
Says Feinstein, “A lot of people aren’t aware of the story and we can educate them about ALS. If we are able to raise awareness and funds for research, then the documentary has done a major thing.”
As part of the Caddy for Life documentary project, Golf Channel has donated $25,000 to The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins. The Packard Center is the world’s leader in aggressive, collaborative ALS research. The Bruce Edwards Foundation donates 100 percent of its proceeds to the Packard Center, aiming to provide more tomorrows to today’s ALS patients.
Caddy For Life: The Bruce Edwards Storypremieres June 14 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.
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