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Fighting "Fore Hope"

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Albany/HV: Fighting "Fore Hope"
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Tyler DeMarco, 12, lost his battle with brain cancer last year, but his family continues the fight to find a cure by holding a fundraiser to raise money for St. Jude's Children's Hospital and Albany Medical Center. The first "Fore Hope" golf tournament is happening at the Western Turnpike Golf Course in Guilderland. Our Sabina Kuriakose has more on why his family says they'll always follow Tyler's motto to "never give up."

GUILDERLAND, N.Y. -- "Tyler was an incredible young man. Very loving, very passionate, very determined," described Don DeMarco, the father of Tyler DeMarco.

The 12-year-old was all of those things and more. Above all, he was a fighter, even as he battled a rare form of brain cancer called Medulloblastoma. The Rotterdam Little Leaguer lost that fight last year, but his family carries on the cause.

"He lost his battle with something that was bigger than him, but we're going to carry it on through our foundation in his name," said DeMarco.

On Monday, the Tyler DeMarco Foundation held its first ever golf tournament to raise money for St. Jude's Hospital and Albany Medical Center, both places where Tyler underwent treatment. Over 200 people attended the event in Guilderland. The goal is to one day raise enough money to create private hospital rooms at Albany Med for kids getting chemo, something Tyler's dad said would have been a comfort to his family. But more than anything, Tyler's family wants to find a cure for the cancer that cut their little boy's life too short.

"He always loved a challenge. He was always successful in completing those challenges. We think this is no different," said DeMarco.

Tyler's motto was "never give up." Those who knew and loved him vow they never will.

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