by Andrew Henderson
Fulton resident and cancer survivor Tim Conners experienced a dream day earlier this week amongst New England celebrities and athletes at the fifth annual Joe Andruzzi & Friends Golf Tournament.
Conners attended the event, held at the Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass., at the request of Joe Andruzzi, three-time Super Bowl champion and 10-year NFL veteran, who founded the organization following his own successful cancer battle.
Conners was on-hand to serve as the Foundation’s special guest speaker.
April 3, 2010, Conners was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia and began his first chemotherapy treatment on the very same day.
A star athlete and football player, Conners soon lost his vision and was required to spend a year in isolation as his immune system recovered.
During his speech to a star-studded room of more than 200 attendees, he spoke of his personal battle and his grueling journey to recovery.
Conners has since recovered from the disease and will graduate from high school today.
The Joe Andruzzi Foundation has recognized Conners as one of their “(Up)Beat” heroes — one who is an inspiration and is grateful for all that he has in his life, though much was taken from him. The foundation’s approach to the fight against cancer is not only to beat cancer, but to (Up)Beat it — to approach the disease with a positive attitude and a sense of humor.”