On August 18, 2008, the world lost a tremendous father and friend. After the passing of Gilbert R. Rogers, Jr.; his brother Steve and wife Sue, son Gil, III and wife Heather, daughter Katy, and nephew Jamie decided it would be fitting to pay tribute to Gil by pledging to work to ensure no other families were to hear the words "I have cancer" from their father again.
What started as an American Cancer Society fundraising page quickly blossomed into a vision for a nation-wide movement of families and friends working to support finding a cure for cancer in all forms.
The Inaugural Gil Rogers Memorial Bowl-A-Thon sponsored by No More Fathers Lost and Parker Hannifin raised over $10,000 in support of the Carol and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UConn Medical Center.
Inspired by the success of the first bowl-a-thon, family friend Josh Ware became even more involved in our cause, planning and organizing the first ever Golf Tournament to benefit No More Fathers Lost in July of 2009. This event raised an additional $1,000 of funds for UConn, and laid the foundation for future golf tournaments.
The event continued on the success of the inaugural bowl-a-thon through fun, family-friendly events to raise awareness of the effects of cancer on families.