Heimerdinger's memory, cancer battle to be recognized with charity event

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 10:18pm
Staff reports

Mike Heimerdinger’s life ended last fall.

His legacy, however, endures in the charitable organization founded in his memory.

The first ‘Drive For Dinger’ celebrity golf tournament and dinner will take place June 28 and 29 and will attract some of the biggest names in professional football. The event benefits The Heimerdinger Foundation, which was created as a support and resource source in regard to treatment options and dietary concerns for cancer patients and their families.

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, St. Louis and former Titans coach Jeff Fisher, Houston coach Gary Kubiak, and a host of current and former players are confirmed participants.

“It is important to me to take part in the inaugural ‘Drive for Dinger’ tournament to honor the life of Mike Heimerdinger,” Shanahan, whose friendship with Heimerdinger dated to their college days, said. “Mike made a tremendous impact in my life and I can’t think of a better way to honor him than to use this opportunity to help impact others in a positive way.”

Tickets for the dinner and silent action, 7 p.m. June 28 at The McConnell House in Franklin, are still available. The golf tournament, 1 p.m. June 29 at Vanderbilt Legends Club, is sold out.

Sponsorship opportunities for both events are still available as well.

Heimerdinger was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer in November 2010, while still the Titans offensive coordinator. He initially received traditional treatments but later sought a ‘whole body approach,’ which incorporated nutrition, supplements and integrative treatments before he succumbed last September.

Information on the events, tickets and sponsorship opportunities is available at Drive4Dinger.com or through Shana Purkey by phone (615-500-9834) or email (shanapurkey@att.net).