Jake Gittlen Memorial Golf Tournament

For the last 47 years, the Jake Gittlen Memorial Golf Tournament has raised donations to support cancer research and has helped launch the Jake Gittlen Laboratories for Cancer Research at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey that today includes some of the top cancer researchers in the world. 

“When my dad, Jake, died of cancer in 1970, I wanted to do something in his memory.  Having been captain of Penn State’s Golf Team and a tournament player, I started a golf tournament, The Jake Gittlen Memorial.  I wanted to have the best golfers in central Pennsylvania come together each year and try to raise some money for cancer research.

The first year I raised $2,500 and gave it to a young scientist at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Dr. John Kreider.  In the years to follow, Dr. Kreider would become one of the top cancer researchers in the world, and add five other investigators to the fold. We now formed The Jake Gittlen Laboratories for Cancer Research.

Investigators at the Foundation are working on many facets of cancer research, including carcinogenesis, immunotherapy, metastasis, genetic instability, and gene regulation.”

~Warren Gittlen

2017 will mark the final year of the Jake Gittlen Memorial Golf Tournament.  

abc27 Special:  To honor Warren Gittlen, abc27 will be airing a half-hour special on his life and how his legacy lives on through making great strides in the lives of others through dedicated cancer research.  Tune into abc27 on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 8PM.