Golf tourney benefits young cancer patients

The BumbleBee Foundation will present its second annual golf tournament at 8:30 a.m. Mon., June 20 at Sunset Hills Country Club, 4155 Erbes Road, Thousand Oaks.

The pediatric cancer organization was co-founded in Southern California 11 years ago by Heather Donatini, who lost her 4-yearold son, Jarren, to a rare form of liver cancer. Executive director Donatini said she was so inspired by the support of her community that she decided to start an organization to help families going through similar situations.

They named their charity BumbleBee because their son loved the movie Transformers. After Jarren’s death they watched the film, where the robot known as BumbleBee is referred to as the guardian of one of the characters.

The organization’s services help children like 1-year-old Ander, who has a complicated form of brain cancer that requires his family to travel over two and a half hours one way for treatment. This past holiday season, the BumbleBee community raised $5,000 to support the family.

The golf tournament aims to raise funds for BumbleBee’s six core programs that support pediatric cancer families locally and throughout California.

Golf registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with dinner and an awards presentation after tournament play.

For more information, call the foundation office at (805) 374- 2124 or go to Guests can also register by texting BBFGOLF to 41444.