Boyle tourney a big boost for charity

GERRY MODDEJONGE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

The TSN broadcast booth might seem like a lifetime away from Bryan Mudryk's small-town beginnings.

But he's one to remember his roots.

For the past seven years, Mudryk has held a charity golf tournament in his hometown of Boyle, 90 minutes north of Edmonton.

"We've raised just about $400,000 for the Cross Cancer Institute," Mudryk said.

"We have some celebrities. Jay Onrait has come out from TSN, John Morris and Ben Hebert (of Team Martin) came out this summer and they golfed. Premier Ed Stelmach was there. Ms. Canada was there this summer."

The 2009 tournament raised close to $90,000.

"I'd like to raise $1 million for the cancer hospital," said Mudryk, who got all his treatments at the Cross Cancer Institute when he had Hodgkin's lymphoma.

"It's funny, Dr. Robert Turner -- the doctor who treated me at the Cross -- he's a big curling fan and I ran into him here. He's the doctor here (at Roar of the Rings), so that's kind of random."

Living in Toronto, Mudryk said he's glad to have a chance to be back in Edmonton.

"Alberta is always home," he said. "It's really important to give back, and I'm really proud and my family's really proud of what we've done for the Cross."

A new addition to their charitable endeavours this year is a scholarship directed at people who are going through the same situation Mudryk faced.

"Obviously it's tough for college kids because of money and stuff," he said.

"So we set up a scholarship this past year and we're giving money to post-secondary students, like I was, going through cancer."

The eighth-annual Bryan Mudryk Golf Classic will be held June 19.


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