David Kotler

I am a longtime avid golfer, and have greatly enjoyed the game with family, friends, business associates and complete strangers for nearly 40 years. After (or despite) putting my aging and lawyerly body through a “Hundred Hole Hike” last June — in which Meg and I played 108 holes of golf, all in one day, and all on foot – I’m planning to do the same insane thing again on June 27. But this time, I’ll be playing with my son, Andrew (no truth to the rumor that Meg opted out after seeing the current state of my golf game). Of course, after Meg and I won the low net last year (largely due to her extraordinary putting on holes 91-99), young Andrew does have some pressure on him … But more importantly, both Andrew and I will be playing to raise awareness and money for causes that are important to us. This year, I will be playing on behalf of the National Brain Tumor Society (http://braintumor.org/). The National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for people living with a brain tumor today and anyone who will be diagnosed tomorrow. A member of my extended family, Lisa Shapiro, has been living with a brain tumor for more than 20 years now. In the time since, she finished college, obtained her master’s degree, got married, was a teacher for 11 years, and had three children. She also just underwent her third brain surgery earlier this week. (if you are interested, here is an article about Lisa from several years ago - http://newton.wickedlocal.com/article/20140514/NEWS/140518188). Andrew will be playing on behalf of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (https://www.themmrf.org/). Multiple Myeloma is a type of blood cancer that affects the plasma cells. The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation helps accelerate the development of next generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend patient’s lives, and lead to a cure. The MMRF brings treatment to multiple myeloma patients 60% faster than the average through collaboration with best in class partners in the US and Internationally. Andrew’s grandfather passed away from this form of cancer in late 2014. Both of these causes are important, which is why we would be grateful for pledges (based on the number of holes we complete and whether we actually make a few birdies ) to either or both of our chosen charities. Of course, some encouragement for Andrew and the expected sarcastic remarks towards me are fine, as long as they’re accompanied by a pledge … Thanks! Best, David