Why We Play

Why We Play

The goal of this tournament, since it’s inception in 2008, has been to honor our friend, husband, dad, brother and son Matt McKee. Starting in 2010, the tournament had a mission.  That mission led to the founding of The Matt McKee Foundation (established under IRS Section 501(c)(3)), a non-profit organization dedicated to funding the Cook Children’s “Life After Cancer Program”.  The “Life After Cancer Program” at Cook Children’s works to benefit children, adolescents and young adults by providing medical care and other services for childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer survivors.  This survivorship program was the first of its kind funded by the Livestrong Foundation and serves as a model for other survivorship programs.  Our friend and foundation namesake, Matt McKee, spent the majority of his adult life volunteering for the “Life After Cancer Program” helping young cancer survivors with whom he had so much in common.  One of our founding goals was to honor his legacy and his personal cause.  Over the years, with the help of all of you, the Matt McKee Foundation has funded almost $35,000 to the “Life After Cancer Program”.   This year, with your help, we hope to continue to increase awareness and double the funding for such a special cause.

To date, the services provided through the “Life After Cancer Program” include:

  • Thorough medical and psychosocial assessments
  • Ongoing evaluation and coordination of care
  • Combined survivorship and Endocrinology clinic
  • Counseling services by a licensed clinical social worker
  • Consultations in survivorship including the following specialties: Cardiology, Nephrology, Pulmonology and more.
  • Working with adult cancer centers and young adult survivor groups
  • Neuropsychological testing
    • Guidance for the survivor while transitioning from pediatric to adult services
    • Social work services
    • Educational, financial and vocational counseling
      • Resources for college
      • Connecting with services to assist with transitions from school to higher education or vocational program
      • Initiatives include research to improve the health of survivors and transition to survivorship for both families and survivors.
      • Life After Cancer organizes an annual retreat for school-age survivors and their families (Camp O’ Hana)
      • C-YA (Celebrating Young Adults) is an annual retreat for young adults exclusively