Members of the 310th Fighter Squadron raised money to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society May 20 at the Links Fore Leukemia Golf Tournament in Chandler.
The LLS mission is to help cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients with the diseases and their families.
“It’s important for us to help with events like this because we need to be good stewards and support the community the same way they support us,” said Maj. Wyatt Morrise, 310th FS assistant director of operations.
The squadron members made it a goal to have a volunteer project on a quarterly basis.
“After talking with students in our new B-course class, I found out one of them (Capt. Dakota Olsen) is a lymphoma survivor,” Morrise said. “After learning more about his experience, I thought it would mean more to us and the members of his class to help out with an event that is more personal to us.”
The 29 volunteers helped out with registration, selling raffle tickets and mulligan options, and running competition stations. They also helped set up a silent auction.
Lt. Col. Jon Wheeler, 310th FS commander, said the squadron members decided they wanted to become more involved in the community at the beginning of the fiscal year.
“I think we live a pretty good life in the military, so helping people who are less fortunate is a natural thing to do when you’ve been blessed with good fortune yourself.” he said.
The squadron began this year by volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity event. The group spent the day refurbishing the inside of a house.
“I think it was great to get involved with both the events we’ve done this year,” Wheeler said. “While giving back to the community, we were broken down into small teams and had to work together. This allowed us to learn more about each other and build a stronger team.”