WINFIELD, Ill. — For the third year, Matthew Sander, of Winfield, Ill., supported The Stuttering Foundation by raising more than $2,600 in pledges during this year’s Hundred Hole Hike, a national golf marathon at Ballyneal Golf Club in Holyoke, Colo. Sander golfed and hiked for more than 14 hours in support of the stuttering community, setting a new personal record of 126 holes.
“Being able to support The Stuttering Foundation through my participation in the Hundred Hole Hike is one of the highlights of my year,” he said. “It’s a grueling and emotional day, but I’m so inspired by all the hikers who go above and beyond to raise money and awareness for their worthwhile causes.”
Sander’s support of The Stuttering Foundation stems from his own experience as a lifelong stutterer, as well as his experience with his son Liam, who also stutters.
“I know how scary it can be to deal with stuttering,” said Sander. “Many people stutter, and their families don’t know where to turn for information and support. That is where The Stuttering Foundation is so helpful. Their guidance and materials can get families on the path toward improved speech and a better quality of life. I am honored to contribute in a small way to this mission.”
Sander plans to continue participating annually in the Hundred Hole Hike and is already counting down the days to his 2015 hike.
“We are happy to receive any and all support that folks are willing to give,” said Sander. “Pledges in any amount can be made at www.hundredholehike.com, and it is always wonderful to receive support for The Stuttering Foundation via word of mouth, social media or e-mail.”
The Hundred Hole Hike is a worldwide network of golf marathons where participants plan to walk and play 100 or more holes of golf in one day to raise money for various charitable causes. This year, 93 hikers participated in the golf marathon, a record for participation. So far, the 2014 Hundred Hole Hike has raised more than $250,000 in donations, and pledges are still being accepted.
Jane Fraser, president of The Stuttering Foundation, added: “The Stuttering Foundation is able to support and provide resources to people who stutter and their families because of people like Matt. We are so grateful to him for his generosity and commitment to our cause. The money raised through his participation in the Hundred Hole Hike will help The Stuttering Foundation continue to support the stuttering community.”
The Stuttering Foundation provides a toll-free helpline, (800) 992-9392, and free online resources on its website, www.StutteringHelp.org, including services, referrals and support to people who stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering.
From the July 9-15, 2014, issue