When the Ciucci family lost their daughter and sister Angelina to melanoma, they were determined to help others in their fight against the disease. Not long after her death, Angelina’s brother Matt and her fiancé Dan Reed went golfing to help take their minds off what had happened and that day were inspired to create a charity golf tournament in her memory. Proceeds are donated to melanoma research at CPMC, where Angelina was a patient.
The family has a strong connection to the Daly City Fire Department: Angelina’s father Don is a retired Deputy Chief, Dan is an active firefighter, and Angelina herself was a fire inspector. Fellow firefighters were enlisted to help run the tournament, and they eagerly took on the challenge.
The first tourney took place in 2009, and the turnout was beyond their wildest expectations. “Quite honestly, we were shocked at the outpouring of support we received,” says Dan. The event has been so successful —and the participants so generous—that as of 2016 the Daly City Firefighters Local 1879 Charity Fund gift to CPMC Foundation totaled nearly $400,000 raised in memory of Angelina.
“Many people are surprised to learn that melanoma can be fatal,” says Debby, who coordinated the tournament. “So we used this event to make people more aware of the impact of this horrible disease and to raise money for CPMC’s melanoma research.”
To make a gift in memory of Angelina, select "Cancer/Angelina Ciucci Fund for Melanoma Research" from the Give Now to Cancer Care designation menu.
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