Bruce Lietzke Glioblastoma Research Award

About the Award

The mission of the Glioblastoma Foundation is to transform the current standard of care for glioblastoma patients, which is ineffective. Toward this goal, we fund development of new therapies. To expedite glioblastoma drug development, the Glioblastoma Foundation is establishing the Bruce Lietzke Research Award for Glioblastoma Drug Development. The award will be given annually to one or more investigators at leading institutions around the country focusing on glioblastoma drug development.

About Bruce Lietzke

Bruce Alan Lietzke (July 18, 1951 – July 28, 2018) was an American professional golfer. He won 13 tournaments on the PGA Tour. His best finish in a major championship was runner-up at the 1991 PGA Championship. He also had seven victories on the Champions Tour, including one senior major title, the 2003 U.S. Senior Open.

Professional career

He turned pro in 1974. Lietzke's first PGA Tour victory was in the 1977 Tucson Open. Overall, Lietzke won a combined total of 20 tournaments on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour, including the 2003 U.S. Senior Open. On the PGA Tour in 1981, Lietzke had three tournament victories. He played on the winning 1981 U.S. Ryder Cup team at Walton Heath Golf Club.

Personal life

Lietzke and Jerry Pate were brothers-in-law. Lietzke's wife, Rose, and Pate's wife, Soozi, are sisters. Lietzke and Pate played together in the 1981 Ryder Cup.
He made his home in Dallas, Texas.

Developed Glioblastoma and Died

In April 2017, Lietzke was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma. He died on July 28, 2018, from complications of the disease and attempts at treating it, which his body rejected.

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