by Judy Littau

On Friday, June 15, under beautiful blue skies and perfect temperatures, we held our 1st Annual #DonateForDustin Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament was held at Mississippi Golf Course, in memory of Dustin Littau who lost his battle with cancer July 19, 2017, at the age of 31. During Dustin’s courageous battle, he received over 150 units of blood products in 11 weeks. Our families have made it our mission to replenish the blood that Dustin received and promote awareness of the importance of donating. Because of people who donated, we were given the gift of time with Dustin, and we want to make sure other families are given that gift also.

Two families – the Littau’s (Kemptville) and the Virgin’s(Almonte), plus two towns – came together to celebrate the game that Dustin loved most and raise some monies for three charities that helped Dustin in his battle.

With the generosity of Kemptville and Almonte businesses and family and friends, we well surpassed our expectations. $34,000 was raised for three charities: $17,000 was presented to Canadian Blood Services; $15,000 to Almonte General Hospital; and $2,000 to Little Angels Blood Cancer Fund.

Dusty started playing golf at age 11, and was involved in running the junior program at Rideau Glen. Dustin’s five nieces and nephews – aged 1 to 4 ½ – ran “Uncle Dusty’s Lemonade Stand” and sold lemonade to the thirsty golfers. They raised $1,000, and this money will be split between Equinelle Golf Course and Mississippi Golf Course in support of their Junior Golf Programs.

It is amazing to live in a small community where everyone is there to help out. When we were looking for sponsorships for the tournament, businesses and residents jumped on board without hesitation. The sponsorships and donations were beyond our wildest dreams.

Thank you to everyone who donated, golfed, and assisted in any way. We are truly blessed to be surrounded by such love, kindness and generosity. Together, we can give hope and the gift of life to other families. North Grenville and Almonte: you are AMAZING.

**Save the date** Friday June 21, 2019 for the 2nd Annual #DonateForDustin Memorial Golf Tournament.


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