In his second Ellie Mae Classic appearance, Steph Curry didn’t have the kind of outstanding athletic performance we’re used to seeing from him on the basketball court. After all, golf is a different beast.
But, despite finishing in last place in the Web.com tournament, Curry still turned heads and drew applause for actions that transcend sports.
That’s because he and wife, Ayesha Curry, donated $25,000 to professional golfer Scott Harrington and his wife, Jenn, who was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma for a second time in May.
“This is an opportunity for me — obviously there’s no words to — I can’t put into words any other thoughts or feelings about what their family’s going through,” Curry said after his round. “We encourage anybody who’s a fan of the game and who appreciates what these guys do every day to go to his GoFundMe page as well, Scott and Jennifer Harrington, and donate what you can to help them get through this tough time.”
According to the GoFundMe page, Jenn was first diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in August of 2017. Doctors determined she was cancer free by December, but in May, all that changed when the disease came crashing back into her life. Months of chemotherapy will be followed with a bone marrow transplant in the future.
“In turn, Scott has applied for a Special Medical/Family Crisis Extension from the Web.com Tour so that he can be with Jenn during her courageous battle, putting his chase for a PGA TOUR card on hold to be with her,” the fundraising page reads.
To help the Harringtons reach their $150,000 fundraising goal, Ellie Mae contributed to the cause as well.
“As the sponsor of the Web.com Tour stop at TPC Stonebrae, the team at Ellie Mae has come to view the players not just as golf professionals, but as members of our extended family. We heard that Scott Harrington took a leave to care for his wife and having followed Scott on the Tour, we know of his compassion and kindness,” said Ellie Mae President and CEO Jonathan Corr. “To provide that compassion back during their time of need, Ellie Mae will donate $15,000 to Scott and his family and are sending our love and support.”
At the time of this writing, more than $93,000 has been raised to help Scott and Jenn.
This group of people have taken a situation that felt nearly impossible and helped to make it a little easier on us. We are so thankful @scottyglf and I will one day pay forward this incredible generosity https://t.co/4LQB8atRMR
— Jenn Harrington (@jharrington81) August 11, 2018
“Jenn and I want to thank Ellie Mae and the Ayesha and Stephen Curry Foundation for such a generous gift. Steph called us personally today to tell us what they were planning to do, and that really meant so much to us for him to reach out like that, and for him and the event organizers to think of us,” Scott Harrington said in a press release. “This has been a very trying few months and there are more difficult times ahead, but we’re optimistic that Jenn will kick this thing and get back to the healthy, active life she’s led for so long. We are so appreciative of the entire Web.com Tour staff, all of the players from both the Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR, and the countless number of people who have heard our story who have helped us through this difficult time.”