Golf tournament honors memory, raises funds to fight prostate cancer
July 17, 2012
By Katie Larsen
A memorial golf tournament has been scheduled for Aug. 3 to honor Rodger Arndt.
Arndt grew up in Issaquah and after taking over his father’s residential window washing business, continued to service many Issaquah residents after moving to Bellevue.
He died just months after being diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 47.
“There’s a huge misunderstanding that prostate cancer is just something you watch,” said Arndt’s sister, Diane Arndt Burns.
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Rodger Arndt Memorial Golf Tournament
Their ancestors, the Pedegana family, came to Issaquah many years ago and their great-grandfather’s house is in Gilman Village.
Burns had been living abroad for 25 years when she got the news from Arndt to come home. After receiving the email in Buenos Aires, Burns was stuck because of a volcano eruption and it took almost a week for her to get home to Peru to move back to America.
Burns started Rodger’s Fight Against Prostate Cancer with Arndt’s best friend Julie Valdez over a lunch conversation last March. Since then, they have been planning their first annual golf tournament. This year it will be held at The Golf Club at Echo Falls in Snohomish.
All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Registration deadline for the event is July 18. There is a $120 entry fee per contestant and a $30 banquet fee for nonplayers. In the future, Burns said they hope to move the tournament closer to Issaquah.
Prizes were donated by Arndt’s former customers and family friends and will be given away in a raffle at the banquet dinner.
“Awareness is what we’re trying to show the community,” Burns said. “What I want to do, and my cofounder Julie Valdez wants to do, is to tell his story.”
Burns said if her brother had heard his story a few years ago, he would have been more aware of health dangers like prostate cancer.