Friday, June 17, 2016

Luke Muller 10th Annual Golf Outing


As a preschooler, Luke Muller was diagnosed with Lymphoma in July of 2007.  Luke, son of Fort Thomas Councilman John Muller, spent a month at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and then spent the next two years undergoing chemotherapy treatment.  As a way to cope with the emotional and financial toll on the Mullers, friends and family decided to put on a golf outing for a day of fun and to raise money for the mounting hospital bills. Tim Price organized the original golf outing.  Price and his “huge heart (…) is the driving force of the outing to this day; his generosity and ability to rally people is second to none,” says Muller.

Now, ten years later, the 10th Annual Luke Muller Golf Outing is scheduled for August 20 at the Kenton County Golf Course.  Thankfully, Luke is doing well and is a healthy 13-year-old boy running around the streets of Fort Thomas.  As for John and Terri Muller, both of whom work in healthcare and are used to being the caregivers, they learned the power of community support.  Says John, “People want to help and it is really our role to accept it. This acceptance of help was therapeutic for everyone and if you have experienced some event like this (far too many people have) then you know it is everyone in the family (…) who needs help.”



The first two years of the outing directly benefited the Mullers.  However, by the third year of the outing, the Mullers were nearing the end of Luke’s treatment and, as such, the outing expanded to include two additional beneficiaries.   Additionally, outing organizers, with the help of two long-time friends and outing volunteers Shawn Hopper and Scott Colvill (founding members of an existing 501(c)3, Fort Thomas Provides), turned the outing into a non-profit.  Fort Thomas Provides teamed up with the Luke Muller Golf Outing and a tradition continued.

Now in its tenth year, organizers of the Luke Muller Golf Outing are hoping to make this one the biggest yet.  The outing will take place at the Kenton County Golf Course, beginning at noon (registration begins at 10:00 am).  Lunch will occur before the 12 pm Shotgun Start and the cost is $75 per player with lunch ($100 including lunch and the course prize contests).  Additionally, hole and other sponsorships are available.

One of the beneficiaries this year is beloved co-owner of Monera Boutique, Terra Huddleston.  Huddlestone, mother of three boys ages 14, 16, and 23, was diagnosed with Stage 3C Colon Cancer in October of 2011.  Since then, she has endured surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.  She was declared cancer-free in 2012 only to have it reoccur three years later.  She is currently receiving intense treatment.  Muller says of Huddlestone, “Speaking to Terra after meeting her at the store, I have learned she is one of the most humble persons you could meet.”
Terra Huddleston, co-owner  Monera Boutique

Huddlestone gets emotional thinking about the outpouring of help from the community both with the store and with meals: “It’s amazing how in this community people rally together.”  Huddlestone actually began making jewelry as her outlet during treatment and from that, Monera was born.  Huddlestone, who claims to be terrible at golf, is looking forward to attending the golf outing this year and will be there in strength, despite having received 28 radiation treatments and 12 chemotherapies over the years.

What is unique about the Luke Muller Golf Outing is that the beneficiaries form teams and then make the outing their own.  The non-profit provides the framework for the day but it is really up to the beneficiaries to develop the outing and make it a success.  Says Muller, “each year is its own year and we hope it becomes the biggest yet… we have been so blessed with beneficiaries, simply blessed.”

To register for the Luke Muller Golf Outing, visit their website at www.lmgo.org.  If you can’t golf, attend the after party at Covington Turner’s, catered by McHale’s Catering and Kroger with live music by Dave May.  More raffles and silent auctions will occur there as well.  For more information on the golf outing, Luke Muller’s story, or a profile of Terra Huddleston and Clay Eifert (this year’s other beneficiary), please visit www.lmgo.org.
Muller Family

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