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Thursday June 01, 2017

Grab your golfing gear and usher in the summer months this weekend at the second annual Cancer Canknot Charity Classic on June 3 at the Williston Golf Club.

The Cancer CanKnot Charity Classic is founded by South Burlington residents Chris and Anna Gilcris. Chris was diagnosed with grade four glioblastoma brain cancer in December 2011. After an emergency surgery with 80 percent of the tumor removed, the Gilcris family learned of the disease and its general prognosis of six months to a year to live. This was unfathomable news for the family, especially for their then three-year-old son Bryce. How do you explain the concept of cancer to a child? The couple decided a children’s book was the answer and subsequently published the Bear Hugging and Cancer Crushing children’s book in 2014 with Bryce as a main character. Anna and Chris also collaborated with Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry in Burlington to create a new jewelry line to bring awareness to the cause. They crafted a cancer ribbon with a knot in the middle “to symbolize strength and to serve as a reminder of what cancer Canknot do,” Anna shared. The Cancer CanKnot brand was born. A percentage of sales from both these efforts go toward cancer research.

The Cancer Canknot Classic followed in 2016 as another way to raise money and awareness in the quest to finding a cure. With the help of 84 golfers, sponsors, and donations, the event raised over $6,500 in its first year. 100 percent of the proceeds were donated to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Missed the registration deadline for this year’s event, but still want to make a difference? Head to to donate directly and learn more about the Gilcris story.