Welcome to BLAM!
BLAM! was conceived by the family of LAM patient Annette Roberts as a way to spread awareness of the rare lung disease lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) and to raise funds for The LAM Foundation, one of the lead organizations in the fight against the disease.
Annette was diagnosed in 2012, shortly after the birth of her first child. She learned that cystic tumors had been invading her lungs and would continue to do so for the rest of her life, gradually robbing her of the breath that most of us take for granted. Fortunately, Annette discovered The LAM Foundation and found that she was not alone in her suffering, and that there were people around the world dedicated to finding a cure.
In early 2013, Annette and her family decided that they needed to be involved in the search for a cure and began planning the first BLAM! golf tournament for the following summer. It was decided that the tournament would have the equal goals of raising money for The LAM Foundation, raising awareness of the disease among the local community, and the celebration of life with the friends and family who had supported Annette throughout her journey. In order to include everyone, an evening of dinner and entertainment was planned along with the tournament.
The first golf tournament was held on a breezy but beautiful Saturday afternoon – June 22nd, 2013. 80 golfers teed off at Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Topeka, KS. Groups of volunteers made their way around the rolling hills of the course, providing refreshments and harassment in equal parts. By the time the last putt had dropped, thousands had been raised and a winning round of 56 posted.
A dinner by G’s Catering followed at the event hall donated by IBEW 226. Guests danced well into the night to music by the band Flashback. The night was rounded out with lively competition for the silent auction items, ranging from collegiate memorabilia to a Colorado golf trip. By the end of the day, over $10,000 were raised for The LAM Foundation, new friendships were formed, and grand plans were being made for next year’s event.
BLAM! is more than just one event. It is a place to keep up with the Roberts family as they navigate the obstacles presented by Annette’s disease. It is a source of information about LAM and The LAM Foundation. It is also a place to keep up with information about all BLAM! fundraising events, past and future. This website is a learning experience for us and will continue to be updated frequently. We hope that you’ll join us as we explore all of the hills and valleys of this path that we didn’t choose, but look to conquer anyway.