Bruce Lyon and Triad Golfers Against Cancer

Golfers Against Cancer (GAC) is a national charitable organization that was founded in 1997 by Bobby Jones and a group of Houston golfers who lost several of their close golfing buddies to cancer.

Bruce and Ellen LyonMotivated to raise money to fund cancer research, they created an annual golf tournament and dinner in Houston.

Dr. Bruce Lyon of Greensboro, NC, was a good friend of Bobby Jones and he frequently attended the Houston event. Bruce was motivated by what he saw in Texas and had seen friends and family battling cancer. When the GAC decided to expand to other parts of the country, Bruce volunteered to set up a chapter in the Triad. In 2005, Bruce, and friends Everett Mills, Mike Bruce, Robert Plyven founded the Triad Golfers Against Cancer.

Over the years, Bruce and his friends recruited many loyal volunteers — including his wife Ellen — and sponsors and together they have been tremendously successful in their efforts, raising over $1,500,000 to fund promising cancer research projects at North Carolina’s major comprehensive cancer centers. At UNC Lineberger, the Golfers have contributed $476,000 since 2006 to support a wide range of
innovative projects in cancers ranging from multiple myeloma to melanoma. This year the Triad Golfers committed $82,350 to Dr. Angelique Whitehurst for breast cancer research and Dr. Stephen Park for research into non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Bruce credits their success to a number of factors. “Over 90 percent of what we raise goes directly to support cancer research right here in North Carolina. And we make sure the researchers report back on their progress so we can communicate this to our donors.”

Clearly another big factor in their success has been Bruce’s leadership and vision and Ellen’s support. He is passionate about the Triad Golfers Against Cancer and strongly believes that supporting cancer research is the key to progress in the fight against cancer. In recognition of his efforts, the National Golfers Against Cancer organization honored Bruce Lyon of Greensboro as their 2010 national volunteer of the year. He’s won the hearts of his friends at UNC Lineberger as well!