About Us


Our first event was a golf tournament in September 2005, just 7 months after David was diagnosed with Stage 4 Prostate Cancer.

The event exceeded our expectations. The outpouring of support and generosity was overwhelming and inspiring as well. While this event has become our premier annual fundraiser, we have expanded to other annual events including an annual disc golf tournament and an Evening at the Greenhouse event that is hosted with our friends at Suburban Lawn & Garden. Please refer to the Events tab for more details for each event.

In just 15 years, through our partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), and their generous matching program, FLHW has raised more than $1M for prostate cancer research. Additionally, we have raised awareness in our community for the importance of early detection in the battle against prostate cancer. Last, but certainly not least, we have inspired, supported and most importantly, given Hope to the men and their families that battle this dreadful disease each day.

Please join us as we continue our battle against prostate cancer. The cure starts here!

Read Our PCF Article


FLHW Mission Statement

The mission of this foundation is to win the battle against advanced prostate cancer. The approach to win this battle will be achieved by leveraging the resources, including financial, emotional and intellectual, within our families, friends, neighbors and communities.

Purpose, Goals and Objectives

The objectives targeted to complete our mission include: 1. Provide funding for research targeted for improved treatment and a cure for metastatic Prostate Cancer, 2. Increase awareness of the importance of early detection to promote survivability and to provide education about the disease.

FLHW Board

The FLHW Board is the heart of the foundation. The success of FLHW would not be possible if not for the support and dedication of these exceptional individuals:

  • Mary Emerson – Chairperson/Co-founder
  • Chris Arth – Executive Vice President, Director of Legal and Administration
  • Steve Franke – Chief Financial Officer, Director of Finance
  • Mark Pyle – Executive Vice President, Director of Marketing and Development
  • Megan Marten – Executive Vice President, Marketing Communications
  • Brad Emerson – Vice President, Director of Event Operations

In Memoriam ~

  • David Emerson – FLHW Founder – January 27, 1963 – October 5, 2012
  • Rich Lodes – FLHW Founding Board Member – July 23, 1967 – January 20, 2015

The FLHW Board is committed to carrying on the legacy of David and continuing the battle against prostate cancer. David and Rich will be remembered and honored through our events, and forever remain in our hearts.

Through our partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and their annual Dollar for Dollar Matching Program, we have contributed over $1,000,000 for medical research dedicated to improved treatments and a cure. The trend is moving in the right direction. Let’s keep the momentum growing!