A few years ago, fate played its hand in crossing the paths of Carla Tardif & Ed Lynch, and his wife Dianne. Ed & Dianne Lynch had endured many challenges associated with fighting cancer. Of his own experiences, Ed explains, “what people don’t realize when a family is going thru cancer treatment is the amount of money it takes to do that—insurance is there but, they don’t cover parking, not being able to work, the meals you eat.”
At the time of their meeting, Carla was working to fulfill the mission of Family Reach Foundation to provide financial relief and heartfelt support to families, like Ed’s, who are fighting cancer. Ed & Dianne were looking to fulfill their own mission to bring awareness and support to the many hardships the diagnosis and effects of cancer can bring. As fate would have it, in 2009 Ed & Dianne were paired with the founders fathers of FRF, Jimmy Colangelo and Rick Morello, at a golf tournament in Massachusetts run by Golf Fights Cancer.
“The more we learned, it was so in line with what we try to do and what we want to do. From that round of golf a few years ago, we met with Carla and started to work together,” Ed said of his first encounters with Family Reach.
Ed & Dianne started becoming more involved and decided Family Reach was a perfect fit to continue to support through their Golf Fights Cancer events. This decision, Ed says, was because “Family Reach continues to grow, but doesn’t lose sight of the mission and stays focused on helping on the local level, with immediate relief for those who need it.” Being able to help make a real difference for those he cares about is important for Ed, so he is happy to be involved with projects that can help first hand, in a tangible way.
Reflecting on his experience with Family Reach Foundation, Ed has “been amazed at the people that support, and how loyal they are to, Family Reach, year in and year out.” Ed has also been touch by “the people [FRF] has helped and how they stay involved with the organization.”
“Seeing what it does first hand, for me, I got it. Being able to make that difference and see it was probably the most amazing thing for me.”