The sixth annual Tee It Up To Cure Leukemia charity golf tournament is set for Friday, Sept. 30, at Legacy Golf Course, 6808 S. 32nd St., Phoenix. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

The tournament is special to organizer Jana Brickey, Associate/Business Development Director at Dick & Fritsche Design Group. She lost a grandfather to leukemia and in 2009 a niece was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

“I never got to know to my grandfather,” Brickey said. “He was diagnosed with leukemia when I was 2. He only lived six months after diagnosis. In the 1960s, leukemia was considered a death sentence.”

An avid bowler, Brickey also lost a friend with whom she competed in a national tournament was diagnosed with lymphoma and died within months.

The golf tournament has raised more than $18,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), Brickey said. LLS is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

Entry fee for the charity event is $85 per player and includes golf cart, range balls and lunch before the 1 p.m. shotgun start. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

“Participation has increased each year,” Brickey said. “We had 80 golfers last year and so far 90 have registered for this year’s charity event. September is also Blood Cancer Awareness Month so the timing of our event makes it even more special.”