1997 to 2013
Dear family and friends –
After 17 years of the KDK SMAsh SMA golf tournament, we have come to a difficult decision to end our run. This has been a hard decision that our family has come to after much deliberation. As the years have gone by, our children have grown and become independently busier and began to push in all different directions. We felt that we could not devote the proper time and effort into putting on the golf tournament that we all deserve.
The KDK SMAsh SMA golf tournament was started when Kasey was in kindergarten after being diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) when she was three years old. SMA is a neuromuscular disease that controls the voluntary muscle movement like crawling, walking, head and neck control and even swallowing. We are so very excited and proud of Kasey, as she will graduate in December with a journalism degree and a minor in communications from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
We are so grateful for everyone’s support and contributions throughout the 17 years. We know that without the support and love from all of our family and friends, our tournament would never have been as successful as it was. Since 1997 with your support, we have raised over $500,000 to support Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
However, fundraising and awareness will not come to an end in Arizona, as the Byrd Family will host the inaugural “Byrds Fore A Cure” golf tournament on April 29th at the Prescott Golf & Country Club in Prescott Valley, Ariz. Lauren and Kyle Byrd are six year old twins with SMA type II and would love to see you out for their tournament. If you are unable to attend and would still love to donate to fight SMA, that would be truly appreciated; a link to the flyer can be found here: www.byrdsforeacure.com.
We sincerely appreciate all your love and support throughout the years and know that we could not have been as successful without all of you. Thank you for being with us on our journey to fight Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Together we can find a Cure for SMA!
All our love,
The Kaler Family
Spinal Muscular Atrophy is a group of inherited and sometimes fatal diseases that destroy the nerves controlling voluntary movement such as crawling, walking, head and neck control, as well as swallowing. WE GOLF FOR THEM!
The AZ Chapter Families of SMA Tax ID# is 36-3320440