Tourney fees go to crash victim

April Winter-Bruno and her two sons. Courtesy photo

Local golfers have a chance to tee up for a cause.

The ninth annual Help Hope Live golf tournament Mon., April 29 at Sterling Hills Golf Club in Camarillo will raise money for a former Conejo Valley Unified School District special education teacher who was left a quadriplegic as a result of a car accident.

Newbury Park resident April Winter-Bruno and her children were headed to a vacation in Mammoth in 2005 when a traffic accident shattered her spine and broke her neck.

Since then, she has become a single mother and undergone countless surgeries to recover from injuries sustained in the crash and, more recently, breast cancer.

Despite her challenges, she volunteers in her sons’classrooms and serves as team mom for their sports teams. She credits her survival to the love of her friends, support of her family and the grace of God.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Southwest Spinal Cord Injury Fund, which will donate money toward her medical expenses, which cost up to $100,000 a year in out-of-pocket expenses.

The event includes a full round of golf, a golf cart and a barbecue banquet. To register, call Gerry Winter at (805) 551-2353.

Those who can’t attend but would like to help can make a donation at

Dawn Megli-Thuna