PGA legend Fred Couples designates $25,000 to mesothelioma research
Fred Couples, a 15-time winner on the PGA Tour, has directed $25,000 of the proceeds from The Presidents Cup golf tournament to finding a cure for mesothelioma, a deadly cancer of the lining of the lung and abdomen.
The gift represents a portion of the proceeds generated from the 2011 cup, a biennial competition between top United States players and the International Team. Couples captained the U.S. team, which won for the second year in a row at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia.
Unlike at other PGA events, President Cup players are not paid for their participation in the tournament. Each competitor, captain and captain’s assistant dedicates their portion of the proceeds to charity.
Couples, who shared portions of the U.S. team’s $4.5 million in donations to 14 organizations, made the gift in memory of George Elo, who died of mesothelioma.
Meothelioma kills 2,500-3,000 Americans each year. The disease is caused by asbestos and is invariably fatal, typically within 18 months of diagnosis. Research into early diagnosis and treatment of the disease continues to improve outlooks for mesothelioma patients worldwide.