Around Town: Here's a chance to help cure cancer

Two local men, Lawrence Park and Geoff Chandler, have started an online competition.

Lawrence and Geoff graduated from Flintridge Prep with the Class of 1998. They were friends of my late son, Andrew Torres, who died of cancer. They have set up a cancer fundraising site at

The site augments the Andrew Torres Memorial Golf Tournament, to be held next Monday at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. Design-wise, the site is pretty cool, but the content is way cooler:

“We all remember Andrew Torres as a family member, friend, Marine and classmate. In the hours before his death in 2004, Andrew asked his family and friends to help find a cure for cancer. The 6th Torres Memorial Golf Classic on Monday, May 16, 2011 at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club aims to move one step closer to that goal.”

Lawrence and Geoff go on to describe the research at Huntington Medical Research Institutes (“HMRI – Real scientists doing real research”), a non-profit independent research facility, in Pasadena, California. They then urge, “Get involved: Every penny counts and there are a number of ways you can get involved.”

Suddenly, I found myself in the middle of a contest — and here's a tip: Crowdrise is way easier to use than PayPal.

It accepts donations as low as $10. The donations can be designated to a team member. Right now, the team members are Geoff, Lawrence and yours truly.

My goal is to finish last, but right now I am ahead of Geoff. So, I hereby make the following shameless plea: Please donate to Geoff's team.

If you come to the dinner on May 16, ($55) Equinox Pasadena will give you a one-month free membership, for non-Equinox members, no strings attached. You will be able to bid on exciting auction items, including a vacation in Sedona, internships for high school students, and VIP tickets to Lopez Tonight.

If you want to golf, there's still time to sign up. Call me at (626) 792-3175. The entry fee of $250 includes a custom golf shirt, the BBQ lunch, awards banquet and dinner, plus carts and greens fees.

Either way, please consider a $10 donation to Geoff's team on Crowdrise. Every dollar counts.

Plus, you will have the satisfaction of doing your best to make cancer a disease of the past.

Get in touch

ANITA SUSAN BRENNER is a longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident and an attorney with Law Offices of Torres and Brenner in Pasadena. E-mail her at

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