2nd annual golf tourney, silent auction to support The Hormel Institute’s cancer research

Ryan Gordon Memorial fundraiser

An Adams native who passed away at age 42 from stomach cancer will be remembered and celebrated this month through a fundraiser involving one of his passions – golf.

On Saturday, June 21, the 2nd annual Ryan Gordon Memorial Golf Tournament & Silent Auction will take place at the Cedar River Golf Course in Adams, located along Minnesota Highway 56. It consists of a four-person, best-shot golf tournament, with a shotgun start at noon.

All proceeds from the memorial event will be donated once again to The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota in Austin to support its world-renowned cancer research focused on discoveries leading to the prevention and control of the devastating disease. As with any gift to The Hormel Institute, 100 percent of each donated dollar directly supports cancer research.

Last year, Ryan’s parents, Roger and Shirley Gordon, of Adams, presented a $2,450 donation to The Hormel Institute from the inaugural Ryan Gordon Memorial Golf Tournament, which drew more than 60 golfers in June 2013.

“Anyone who knew Ryan got to see his passion for golf,” Shirley Gordon said. “This tournament is a fitting tribute to him while also raising vital funds to support cutting-edge work at The Hormel Institute that accelerates answers to cancer. Ryan’s generous heart and caring for others continue on through this special event.”

Ryan Gordon passed away on Nov. 27, 2011, following a six-month battle with stomach cancer. He is survived by his wife, Shannon, and two sons: Jake and Brecken.

As a golfer who used a lion golf head cover for years, Ryan was greatly inspired by the lion’s strength and courage, according to his family. When battling cancer, Ryan used that inspiration to rally his support team with the phrase, “Let ’em hear you ROAR.” His family and friends often refer to his “ROAR” and how it continues to inspire people.

Cost is $45 per golfer at the tourney, which includes a hamburger meal afterward; non-golfers can pay $10 for the meal only. Cart rental will be available at the golfer’s expense; early registration is recommended to ensure car availability. Reservations can be made at the Cedar River Golf Course’s pro shop or by calling 507-582-3595.