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Jared Tuccolo was a healthy boy growing up.  He enjoyed playing basketball and baseball, being involved with the Boy Scouts, hanging around friends and family and watching the Red Sox.

In June of 1990 at age 17, Jared was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the brain at Mass General Hospital.  Unfortunately, Jared was no stranger to cancer; he lost his mother to cancer when he was two years old.  Jared’s first concern was when the doctors told him that his high school basketball career was all but over.  Jared turned to his dad and made a commitment: “I will play in the last game of my senior year on February 8, 1991.” He took out a calendar and circled February 8th.

After a grueling schedule of chemo and radiation treatments directly to his brain, Jared was named a starter for Whittier High School basketball team for his only appearance of the season. In an incredible show of inspiration, dedication and determination Jared entered the game. At that moment, the crowd stood and gave him a standing ovation that seemed to last forever, a tribute to an incredible young man’s perseverance.

From that day on, and for the next 9 years, it seemed as if he had beaten cancer.  He accomplished his goals of finishing high school, 4 years of college, and then pursuing his dream of becoming a sports broadcaster on radio and television. As Jared became very popular on radio and TV, he never forgot his past.  He spent many hours volunteering for the American Cancer Society, and served 8 years as Master of Ceremonies at the 24 hour Relay for Life at Northern Essex Community College, and raised $10,000 in the first year.  Eight years later they raised $75,000 for cancer.

On October 27, 1999, just three days after the very first golf tournament to raise money to help pay for his hospital bills, Jared passed away.  He was just 26 years old.  Since then, the Jared Tuccolo Memorial Golf Tournament was created to raise funds for a scholarship in his name and for TASC, so that his legacy will continue to support others in need.

In his 26 short years Jared Tuccolo succeeded and exceeded all his goals and dreams that left a legend behind, an example for all others to follow.  We believe that his dedication stemmed from a principle that one person can truly make a difference in the lives of many others.  He certainly lived his life that way.  In keeping Jared’s memory alive, and supporting those who are most in need of our assistance, we invite you to join us at the Jared Tuccolo Memorial Golf Tournament to be held annually in June at the Sheraton Colonial Golf Course in Wakefield, MA. 

Though Jared's earthly presence is gone his essence is ever-present in his family and friends. His spirit lives on in the ones he loved and touched.  Jared’s dedication continues to inspire The Tuccolo family, TASC, friends and strangers alike to raise money for future families who must face the difficult task of battling cancer.  Please come join us for day of golf, fun and prizes in memory of Jared and to raise money for the Jared Tuccolo Scholarship and also for Take a Swing at Cancer, Inc.

You can visit the website dedicated to Jared's memory at: thejzone

You can read a news memorial about Jared here: http://www.eagletribune.com/news/stories/19991028/FP_007.htm

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