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A Word from Deb Miller

They say people come into our lives for a reason. Their purpose may be to teach us, to guide us or even to test us. I believe Robby came into my son Hunter’s life for all of the above. 

Robby was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer in 2012, almost a year before we met him. He became a household name around our town and within days of his diagnosis fundraisers were launched, food trains were set up, and prayer groups were formed. No one could believe that a teenager in our small town was facing a life-threatening disease. 

Robby took everything in stride and continued to keep a smile on his face even when he was at his worst. When sick from the toxic chemo or in pain from his multiple surgeries, he smiled and laughed to keep those around him from falling apart. 

My son, Hunter, was diagnosed just around a year later. Pain in his leg would lead to an x-ray, which would show a tumor on his femur (and eventually, would require a full amputation of his left leg). Suddenly, Robby was no longer alone on his journey and just like that, he knew his purpose. Like a big brother showing his younger sibling how to navigate through a challenging situation, Robby guided Hunter through the fight for his life. 

After Robby passed away in 2015, Hunter wanted to find a way to keep his memory alive, and somehow create a way to honor his life. He needed to find a way to make sense of it all, and to honor his friend. So he started the Robby Brisco Open - an extraordinary golf outing at the beautiful Golf Club of Avon. 

In its fifth year, Hunter continues to play a vital role and has remained committed to raising awareness and financial support for Pediatric Cancer Clinical Trials at Connecticut Children’s to continue the fight this terrible disease. 

We invite you to join us at the Robby Brisco Open – to play some golf, raise money for Clinical Trials research and to remember an exceptional young man named Robby Brisco. If you don’t golf, you can join us for the dinner reception. 

Deb Miller

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