First-Annual The Will To Cure Headaches Golf Tournament raises $300,000 for Headache Research

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Houston-based non-profit, The Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation raised $300,000 at its first-annual The Will to Cure Headaches Golf Tournament, benefitting dedicated headache research conducted by the Memorial Hermann Health System and The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth) Medical School.

The Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation

The Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation

This is just the beginning to bring relief to headache sufferers worldwide.

On Monday, October 6, 2014, The Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation hosted its first annual The Will to Cure Headaches Golf Tournament. Twenty-four teams gathered at the fabulous Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at The Club at Carlton Woods and took the course for a day of support, celebration, and remembrance.

Joining forces for the day’s events were some of Houston’s top golf professionals: Charlie Epps (“The Golf Doctor”), Gordon Johnson (Head Golf Professional at Houston Country Club), and Mark Steinbauer (Director of Golf at The Club at Carlton Woods). Together, along with players and supporters, the event raised $300,000 to fund dedicated headache research.

“With a $300,000 golf event at The Club at Carlton Woods, The Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation has provided the initial funding for debilitating headache research by Memorial Hermann Health System and UTHealth Medical School. Strong support from the business community will propel this new initiative into the greatly needed study of headache disorders,” said Jimmy Erwin, President and Founder. “This is just the beginning to bring relief to headache sufferers worldwide."

Following the event, the players and supporters gathered and Jimmy Erwin delivered an emotional speech on behalf of his family during which he remembered their son Will. After years of suffering from debilitating headaches, the family lost Will in 2010 at the age of 24. With debilitating headaches affecting 12% of the population, Jimmy and Pam Erwin stepped into action to help other headache sufferers. The Foundation was created in the memory of their son. It was an emotional day full of support and dedication to finding a cure for these debilitating headaches, and it is just the beginning.

A component fund of the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) organization, donations to The Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation can be made at http://www.cureheadaches.org.

About The Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation
The mission of The Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation is to bring relief to sufferers worldwide afflicted with debilitating headaches by funding research focused on finding a cure. The Foundation has teamed up with Memorial Hermann Health System and University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School to fund leading research dedicated to these neurological disorders, and more importantly, bringing an end to the pain they cause. To learn more, please visit http://www.cureheadaches.org.

About the Greater Houston Community Foundation
As one of Houston’s largest grant makers, GHCF provides individuals, families, corporations, and advisors with the ability to reach beyond what they could have ever imagined to expand philanthropic impact. In 2013, GHCF assets totaled over $437 million in more than 1,400 different funds, providing excellent stewardship of philanthropic assets and values. Our donors made grants of more than $107 million to a variety of nonprofits, making GHCF one of Houston’s top five grant-making organizations. GHCF’s mission is “Growing effective philanthropy by connecting donors to the causes they care about, providing excellent stewardship of assets entrusted to us, and convening resources to address important community needs.” http://www.ghcf.org

About Memorial Hermann Health System
An integrated health system, Memorial Hermann is known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology, and innovation. The system, with its exceptional medical staff and more than 20,000 employees, serves to advance health care in Southeast Texas and the Greater Houston community. Memorial Hermann’s 12 hospitals include three hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, including Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, TIRR Memorial Hermann and the Texas Trauma Institute – a level I trauma center which houses the Life Flight® air ambulance. The system also operates eight suburban hospitals, a second rehabilitation hospital in Katy, three Heart & Vascular Institutes, the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, three Ironman Sports Medicine Institute locations, cancer centers, imaging and surgery centers, sports medicine and rehabilitation centers, outpatient laboratories, a chemical dependency treatment center, home health agency, retirement community, and a nursing home. As an Accountable Care Organization, the system also offers employers health solutions and health benefit plans through its wholly owned Memorial Hermann Health Solutions. Learn more about the Memorial Hermann Health System.

*Pictured: Paul Levy, Secretary at The PGA of America, Dan Wolterman, President and CEO at Memorial Hermann Health System, Dr. Dong Kim, Director of the Mischer Neuroscience Institute (MNI) at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, and Jimmy Erwin, President and Founder of The Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation

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