Jimmy Place, an Albertus Magnus High School student, was 15 years old and waiting for a transplant when he lost his battle with Cystic Fibrosis in July 2011. His family and community are doing their best to continue his legacy
"He was a great guy. He struggled, but still came out and this is what he fought for," said Head Golf Coach John DeJulia who coached Place. "We're looking for people to sponsor students in our Birdies contest to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis in memory of Jimmy Place."
The fundraiser is called "Birdies for Jimmy" and all varsity golf students in Rockland County are encouraged to compete. Once registered, students need to find pledges for each birdie they make.
"The student with the most pledges will get a Taylor Made R11 driver," said DeJulia. "And the winning team will get Golf Galaxy gift cards."
The competition is going on right now and runs during their entire season, which ends in June. There will be a ceremony in June at the Albertus Magnus Cystic Fibrosis Day to award the winners and present the check to Place's mother, Alison.
Those wanting more information can contact Coach John DeJulia at —845.623.8842
Jimmy Place and his mother, Alison Place, rallied together over 150 people for the walk-a-thon, Rockland County’s Great Strides 2011 before he passed away. Alison Place became the chairman of the Rockland walk a year before, in an effort to raise money for research. Place cut the ribbon to commence the walk. He hoped to simultaneously gain donations and raise awareness of Cystic Fibrosis.
This year, Alison Place is starting strong with her fundraising efforts for Rockland County's Great Strides 2012 on June 3 in memory of her son. For more information, go to her donation website.