When Jami Morris’ mom, Dana, was diagnosed with lymphoma during 2020, Jami committed to help her mother throughout the treatment process. Jami and her dad, Scott, became Dana’s primary caretakers, driving her to and from appointments, picking her up at the hospital, and communicating with Dana’s oncologists to always be with her every step of the way.
Jami took classes virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic’s peak and her many sacrifices provided her mom with the best odds to conquer the disease. Now, with Dana cancer free, Jami is determined to make an impact so future families know they are not alone in their journey.
“When I was a freshman, sophomore in high school, I really wanted to make a difference in the world,” Jami said. “I think just through golf, I figured out that I could possibly use my voice in golf to make a difference.”
Jami and Dana navigated the rough, unpredictable road together. They developed a special mother and daughter bond that was molded together with an unwavering passion and unique dedication. With Dana recovering, Jami continued to be by her side by helping Dana regain her strength.
“She inspired me to be strong,” Dana said. “We sort of lived through really bad moments together and I think we were strong for each other, which made each of us stronger. I think she’s an old soul and she knows more about certain things than most 20-year-olds should ever have to know.”
As Dana completed her treatment at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland, Jami called upon a dream she had when she was 16 to use golf to help give back to the place that gave her mom a second chance at life.
Starting the ‘Hit Fore Hope’ fundraiser at her home course of Beechmont Country Club, Jami took the initiative to organize the first event which took place in the summer of 2022. Despite setting a goal of raising $10,000-$12,000, Jami raised over $71,000 with 100% of the proceeds going to the hospital.
Inspired by her experience at the 2018 Drive, Chip and Putt nationals at Augusta National Golf Course, Jami organized her event in a similar format with each participant hitting three drives, three chips and three putts. Putting in long days and late nights, Jami continues to be inspired by her mom everyday.
“Every time I start thinking about my mom it just warms my…