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Former NFL players to attend golf event in LITH

Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

LAKE IN THE HILLS – NFL Hall of Famer Dan Hampton and former Chicago Bear Glen Kozlowski will join Ryan Diem, the former Glenbard North High School football star who went on to become a right tackle for the Indianapolis Colts, at the ninth annual Allie & Friends Golf Classic.

The fundraiser, named for a girl who died from neuroblastoma, returns May 6 to Boulder Ridge Country Club starting at 9 a.m.

Diem’s family and other pro athletes have supported the event through the years, raising almost $1 million for the Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation (cncfhope.org).

Allie & Friends was founded in 2005 by Scott and Kristin Jewson after they learned the 2-year-old daughter of friends Brian and Keri Neff had been diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma. Allie lost her battle in 2006.

By enjoying a round of golf with friends ($250 for a single; $1,000 for a foursome), participants can support efforts to find a cure for neuroblastoma, a deadly cancer that is more common in infants than leukemia and can strike up through young adulthood.

There also will be a “Night Before Allie” comedy show ($50) from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Improv in Schaumburg, featuring comedian Mark Viera from Comedy Central.

A silent auction, dinner and awards will follow the golf tournament beginning at 3 p.m. The Cup for a Cure trophy is awarded to the top foursome.

For information on the tournament and related activities, visit www.allieandfriends.org or call 847-754-5298.

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