Madisen’s Match raises thousands for individuals battling brain tumors
FORT MYERS, Fla. Tennis fans sprung into action Saturday for the Madisen’s Match Pro Tennis Exhibition.
The annual event drew celebrity tennis players and everyday amateurs to the Landings Yacht, Golf, and Tennis Club at 4420 Flagship Drive to raise money for those battling brain tumors.
“You know cancer research, brain cancer research it’s just, especially for kids it’s a really cool thing,” celebrity tennis guest Mardy Fish said. “If I can come out here and play a little tennis, get a good sweat going and it raises a bunch of money, then I’m all for it.”
Founder Duane Chaney decided to create this event nine years ago when he received the unimaginable news that his niece, Madisen Abramson, had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at three years old.
“I saw the fear on my family’s faces when the diagnosis was confirmed, so I wanted to direct all of that energy into a project to make a difference for people,” he said.
The event has raised over $500,000 since its inception, with proceeds going toward both national and Southwest Florida-based pediatric and adult cancer treatment charities.
“There’s other kids and other families out there that need the support, so what we’ve been able to do is purchase equipment for Golisano Children’s Hospital and the Regional Cancer Center,” Chaney said. “So this benefit helps both adult and kids with their cancer treatments.”
Madisen, now 12, has been able to live a healthy life despite her tumor.
This year’s event is expected to raise $150,000.