Golf fundraiser marks decade of supporting research of genetic disorder

Author: Kyle Jones, Channel 3000
Published On: 08/12/2023

This year marked the 10th anniversary of a golf fundraiser supporting research of a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis.

"Links for Lauren" began in 2013 when its namesake, Lauren Geier, was just three years old. Geier has a rare form of neurofibromatosis, and her family wanted to make a difference for those like her. The disease can cause tumors to form on the brain, nerves and spinal cord. Geier's family said they're incredibly grateful for how successful the fundraiser has become.

"It's been cool to watch how the community has embraced the research and the researchers have embraced the community in return," Ryan Geier said. "The research team is here golfing. It's cool, and they'll get a chance to speak at the event tonight."

This year's event was held at the Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove, with News 3 Now's Eric Franke serving as emcee. Since 2013, "Links for Lauren" has raised over $500,000 for neurofibromatosis research. Read and watch the full story here.

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