About Us

BRAIN TUMOR FACTS: Brain Tumors do not discriminate. Each year, more than 69,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor. Today, nearly 700,000 people in the United States are living with the diagnosis of a primary brain or central nervous system tumor. Brain tumors are often deadly, impact quality of life, and change everything for patients and their loved ones. At this time brain tumor research is underfunded and the public remains unaware of the magnitude of this disease.

  • Brain tumors will be the cause of an estimated 14,080 deaths this year

  • Brain tumors are the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children (males and females) under age 20 (leukemia is the first)

  • Brain tumors are the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children under age 20 (leukemia is the first)

  • Brain tumors are the  leading cause of cancer-related deaths in young adults ages 20-39

  • There are 120 different brain tumor types

OUR GOAL IS FUNDRAISING FOR BRAIN TUMOR RESEARCH:  Golf for Hope Des Moines strives to raise awareness of brain tumors, support those who are going through it, and honor those who have completed their fight. We are proud to partner with Dragon Master Foundation and National Brain Tumor Society, two non-profit organizations dedicated to brain tumor research.

OUR EVENT: For the past three years, we’ve been proud to present the Race for Hope Des Moines.  Over 2000 runners, walkers, and supporters have come together in Des Moines for the states largest brain tumor research fundraiser.  The event was inspired by 16 year old brain tumor survivor Nic Lovan.  In 2015, more than 600 runners participated and raised over $34,000!  But the race was just the first piece of the puzzle.

Two years ago, we inaugurated a new event, the first annual Golf for Hope DSM.  We had several great groups join us for what turned out to be a chilly day on the greens.  Over the past two years we’ve been able to contribute $6,000 towards brain tumor research!  All funds go to two outstanding organizations, the Dragonmaster Foundation and the National Brain Tumor Society.  Dragonmaster is working to establish a centralized database which will allow doctors to collaborate.  We believe everyone working together is the key to finding a cause!  The National Brain Tumor society directly funds research and trials across the country.  All donations are tax exempt to the full extent of the law.

Interested in joining us next spring for the race?  Check out our race page at www.raceforhopedsm.org