Cole Scattarelli, Swing Back At Cancer tournament Founder, was born and raised in Elk River, MN. Growing up an athlete, Cole played hockey, baseball, football, and golf. After high school Cole even moved to Vermont to play hockey and later returned to Minnesota to play for Hamline University.
In March of 2012, while Cole was attending Graduate School at the College of St. Scholastica, a lump was detected in his throat during a routine doctors visit. Further testing confirmed the worst - Cole had thyroid cancer.
With the support and encouragement of his family, friends, and professors, Cole immediately underwent surgery at the University of Minnesota to remove the cancer. Cole returned to school five days later and was able to finish the semester on time.
After an additional surgery, iodine radiation, and several scans, Cole found out he was cancer-free. Although he felt incredibly relieved, he knew he wanted to do something to help others who were in similar situations.
Cole decided to combine his love of golf with his passion to help others. With the help of his family and friends, it was then that the Swing Back at Cancer Golf Tournament was born.
What started as a small idea to raise a little money, has grown into an annual charity golf tournament and silent auction that is sponsored by some of the region's most prominent businesses. In just five years, Swing Back At Cancer has raised over $300,000.
Hosting over 200 attendees each year (145 of which are golfers), Swing Back At Cancer is giving 100% of its proceeds to Jack’s Caregiver Coalition (www.jackscaregiverco.org). Jack’s Caregiver Coalition is a local nonprofit organization that helps guy caregivers and their families who are caring for a spouse with cancer. Jack’s provides year-round programs, services, and education to help improve the way guys think, feel, and act through every phase of their caregiving journey. Jack’s is the “not so secret club” for caregivers and their families to create a community where they never feel alone. When caregivers feel better equipped to carry a caregiving role, they are better equipped to care for their loved one with cancer.
Cole continues to be cancer-free and is living life the only way he knows how - to the fullest.