Patrick Nolan hits the court to help with Kid's Cup Challenge
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - Fox 4 anchor Patrick Nolan was among those hitting the courts for a good cause at Bonita Bay over the weekend - the FineMark Tour Players Tennis Classic.
Patrick helped out with the Kid's Cub Challenge on Saturday morning.
The event included some big name pro's and, more importantly, raised money for a good cause - Barbara's Friends.
Not long ago, the closest treatment for children with cancer in Southwest Florida was in St. Petersburg or Miami.
Barbara’s Friends has bridged that gap.
They are dedicated to providing resources to fulfill the treatment and educational needs of our pediatric oncology and hematology patient population and their families at The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
Their goal is to keep families together and provide local treatment so that these families are able to keep some normalcy in their lives and allow parents to stay physically and emotionally close to their sick child.
Barbara Haskell who lost her life at the young age of 32 to breast cancer is the inspiration and spirit behind her namesake, Barbara’s Friends.
After a four-year battle with her illness, Barbara marveled at the bravery of children with cancer.
She often wondered how they could cope with the treatments that were sometimes as difficult as the disease itself.
After her passing, her parents Betty and Frank Haskell helped make her wish to help children come true by establishing Barbara’s Friends cancer fund - The Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
The Barbara’s Friends rainbow logo comes from Barbara’s lifelong love of the classic film “The Wizard of Oz” and its memorable song, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
To find out more about Barbara's friends, call (239) 343-6950