Cecilia DowdJul 10, 2017, 8:44 pm

Annual Celebrity Golf Classic grants wishes for terminally ill kids

Former NY Jets player’s Marty Lyons Foundation has sponsored more than 7,000 kids

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The Marty Lyons Foundation, started by the former New York Jets player, makes wishes come true for children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses.

“Every time I ran out onto the football field, you feel important, and I wanted to give them that moment. So in 1982, we started the foundation and it just continued to grow,” Lyons said.

With so many volunteers, kids, sponsors, donors and families, Lyons says he feels blessed. And for those on the foundation's receiving end, the feeling is mutual.

“My son Matthew is 17. He has a rare genetic disease called Lowe Syndrome. In 2006…I was contacted by the Marty Lyons Foundation to have Matt go on a wish and it's been a fabulous experience,” Corina DeGori said.

Over the years, Lyons says his foundation has sponsored more than 7,000 kids and raised over $30 million. Events like Monday's 32nd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic in Old Westbury ensures that more kids will see their wishes fulfilled.

“You know these kids that are getting cheated out of life. They have a lot to teach us if we take the time to listen to them,” Lyons said.

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