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Sam's Grey Matters Golf Classic

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Westchester Golf Course

6300 Bent Grass Boulevard

Canal Winchester, OH 43110

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18 hole golf scramble at Westchester Golf Course to honor Sam and benefitting The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center Authur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solve Research Institute. There will be contests for longest drive, closest to the pin and overall best team. We will also have a silent auction, 50/50 and a lite dinner to celebrate Sam defeating brain cancer. Please read the story below to learn about Sam.

Sam Mierzejewski started with the Upper Arlington Division of Police in 1995. Throughout his career he was a natural leader receiving numerous awards in recognition of his efforts to fight crime. Sam made being physically fit a priority and worked out with his customary determination to hone his skills which were recognized by his fellow officers earning him the nickname “Swat Sam”. Through hard work he became Detective in the Criminal Investigations Section specializing in investigating “Crimes Against Persons” and eventually moved up in the ranks with a well-deserved promotion to Sergeant. Sam’s customary pursuit to be an accomplished officer who is knowledgeable in all aspects of law enforcement, then served as Sergeant overseeing the department’s Training Section. While working as a sergeant, Sam was diagnosed with a Brain Stem Tumor and as a result was forced to resign due to his diagnosis.

Please read Sam's recollection of his experience.

“March 7th, 2008 I was a night shift patrol sergeant at the Upper Arlington Division of Police, I was just coming off an 8 ½ hour shift and had the next two days off. March 7th was a Friday, I remember this vividly because I was leaving the patrol bureau and was moving to support services bureau on Monday the 9th, to a long-coveted position of training sergeant, a job which receives a lot of specialized training and was a stepping stone to my next goal-lieutenant.

Part of my morning routine before going home, was I always swung through the detective bureau and said hi to whoever was in. Being in the bureau for several years, we had all become close friends. This morning only Jim Hamilton was in. We engaged in the normal chit-chat. Then I mentioned in the last hour I started feeling strange. I had slowly been getting a really “crisp” headache and my eyes had been slowly crossing. I know it sounds strange, but when you work third shift for so long you get little health problems that crop up but they usually go away. So, I wasn’t too worried about my health. Jim thought I was doing Cross Fit too often. (I’m sure he was joking).

I made my way home to Westerville. My wife and two young kids were headed out the door to work and to school. I briefly mentioned my health problems to my wife. I told her I just thought I needed rest and if I had problems when I woke, we could deal with it then. So, I went off to bed.

When I woke up, the headache had intensified and my eyes had crossed to the point Icould barely see. I decided it might be time to see what the pros say, so I went to a local hospital. My wife had gotten a sitter and caught up with me there. The doctor ordered a CAT scan that was inconclusive. They could tell my brain stem was swelling but couldn’t tell me why.

I was admitted to the James. After just one day, I had received brain surgery and an answer, Cancer. It wasn’t the answer I had hoped for, as you can imagine. It was devastating news. Luckily, I don’t remember very much about that day. To my parents, my in-laws and especially my wife it had to be just terrible, awful news.


Sam overcame many difficult obstacles due to the brain tumor and treatment associated with recovery but he never gave up. Sam had to relearn basic skills once again in his life such as walking, talking and folding towels. His faith and perseverance was seen by everyone around him. 
Sam’s fighting spirit and dedication for good over evil continues today. Although he is not able to rejoin the police force Sam is employed at Cardinal Health in Corporate Security conducting investigations. Sam has always been an inspiration with his upbeat, optimistic attitude and refusal to never give up. Sam has been a positive role model for his children, coworkers and friends. With all of this being said, Sam Mierzejewski is the epitome of a strong, determined brain cancer survivor overcoming such a horrible disease with his always present good humor, grace and purpose.

By making a donation, you can join Sam and support The James Hospital at The Ohio State University in creating a cancer-free world.

ONE PERSON. ONE DISCOVERY AT A TIME!

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