Ryan McGuire, Age 6, to Play 100 Holes of Golf in Memory of Friend

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1134411_1615758194686-thumb-500x500-158341Ryan McGuire, Left | Danny Nickerson, Right

There are lots of touching stories about how people choose to honor friends or family who have tragically passed away from cancer. But those stories don’t usually revolve around kindergarteners.

Meet 6-year-old Ryan McGuire. Ryan plans to play 100 holes of golf in one day to honor his late kindergarten classmate, Danny Nickerson, who died from pediatric cancer in April.

Ryan hoped hoped to raise $5,000, but as of Thursday afternoon his fundraising page shows that he’s already surpassed his goal, totaling $91,048. The money raised will help fund the research of Dr. Mark Kiernan, who was Danny’s doctor at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

The fundraiser will take place on June 17 at MGA Links course in Norton, Massachusetts. Vin McGuire, Ryan’s grandfather, will serve as Ryan’s caddie. Amazingly, Vin, nicknamed “Bear,” is a prostate cancer survivor himself — rendering his support as that much more special. Ryan’s kindergarten classmates will also be there to applaud his efforts and honor Danny’s memory.

To donate to Ryan’s cause, please visit his fundraising page here.

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