After his three-year battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Bryan Mudryk was being wheeled out of Edmonton’s Cross Cancer Institute by his mother, Terry, when he told her about his plan. The 19-year-old intended to raise $1 million for the cancer centre someday.
“I think, as a mom, she just sort of laughed and said, ‘Yeah kid, let’s let the morphine wear off before we start making promises,’” recalls Mudryk.
Now, more than 20 years later, Mudryk is an anchor on TSN’s SportsCentre, and he and his family have raised approximately $1.8 million for the Alberta Cancer Foundation through their charity golf tournament. The Mudryks have hosted the Bryan Mudryk Golf Classic in their hometown of Boyle, Alta., for the past 15 years and Mudryk
credits his mother, who organizes the annual event, for the tournament’s success.
“My job at TSN has allowed me to have a name that has helped, but she really is the force behind it,” says Mudryk. “She goes out of her way to try to save the world, one person at a time, and I’m really proud of her.”
As recognition for her dedication to the community, and impactful work on the tournament, Terry Mudryk-Harbarenko was presented with the Outstanding Philanthropist Award by the Edmonton chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in November 2017.
“It took several months for it to actually sink in, and for me to realize how special and how gratifying, but also humbling, that award was,” says Mudryk-Harbarenko.
The 2017 Bryan Mudryk Golf Classic raised $80,000 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Patient Financial Assistance Program, while the rest of the funding over the years has gone to various initiatives to improve treatment and care for Albertans facing cancer.