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Family of Bill Young begin foundation, memorial golf tournament

Sep. 22, 2012 @ 11:34 PM

HURRICANE — Bill Young loved his wife Mindy, his sons Craig and Jeremy, and he loved the game of golf. His son Craig said he loved playing golf more than about anything. As a matter of fact, the Cross Lanes native and Nitro High School graduate didn’t care what he shot on the course — he just wanted to play.  

“He would say any day on the golf course is a good day,” Craig said, laughing.

In 2005, he retired from Bayer Crop Science where he had worked in maintenance, and finally had the time to do the things he wanted to do.

In January 2006, he was sick with what his family believed to be a sinus problem. However after tests were run, they learned he had something far more sinister — a brain tumor. Young had surgery to remove the tumor and then endured radiation for several months. For a few weeks he did well, and was able to get out and do the things he loved, but by the end of 2006, the tumor had returned. Although surgeons removed a large part of it, his body had been weakened from the treatment.

Despite his illness, his son said he had refused to live the remainder of his life in a depressed state. In addition, during the time he was ill, he had gotten saved, and developed a relationship with Christ. His “never give up” attitude was a blessing to many, and regardless of how bad he felt, he wouldn’t show it, Craig said.

“That was the hand he was dealt and he wanted to live his life the best he could,” Craig  added.

Bill Young passed away on April 4, 2007, from a blood clot. Shortly after his death, his family felt they wanted to do something in his name that would honor him and the courageous, upbeat attitude he displayed.

“We wanted to do something positive,” Craig said.

Because of Bill’s love for golf, they knew the game would have to be part of their memorial. Although they had no experience with charities, they formed the Bill Young Foundation, an endowment with Charleston Area Medical Center that assists patients coming into the David Lee Cancer Center who need help paying for expenses related to their illness such as traveling to a hospital, lodging or medication.

Craig Young said since the inception of the foundation, they have raised about $50,000.

To raise money for the foundation, Craig, his mother Mindy, and brother Jeremy will present on Monday, Oct. 1, the fifth annual Bill Young Memorial Foundation Golf Tournament at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club in Hurricane. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and lunch will be provided by Ridge View BBQ. The shotgun start will be at 12 noon for the four-person scramble. Awards and prizes will be presented at the conclusion of the tournament.

Registration fee is $100 per golfer and there are sponsorship levels ranging from $100 Tee sponsorship to $400 team sponsorship, $500 Birdie sponsorship and $1000 Eagle sponsorship.

Prizes to be raffled are signed merchandise from WVU and Pittsburgh Pirates memorabilia, and possibly some Marshall items. In addition, there will be autographed baseballs from the Boston Red Sox and themed gift baskets such as “Date Night” and “Family” baskets.

 Proceeds from the tournament will go to the Bill Young Endowment Fund through the Charleston Area Medical Center Foundation, Inc. The fund provides financial assistance to cancer patients and their families.

The family also does a BBQ during the winter at the Ridge View BBQ near Dunbar. The owners of the Ridge View provide the food for free, Craig said.

“There has been no shortage of people willing to help out,” Craig added.

Although most of the slots have been filled, Craig said there are still a few open. For more information or to sign up, call 304-541-7118.

The family is proud of the growing memorial and they are thankful for all of the help people have given. Craig believes his dad would approve.

“He would probably cry. I think he would be proud. He would do anything for you and not expect anything in return. I think he would be very excited about it,” Craig Young said.

Five year sponsors of the event are Appalachian Power, Chapman Technical, City National Bank, and People’s Federal Credit Union.