Zack Bassin Golf Outing
In 2017, North Salem High alumni Zack Bassin died due to a rare mutation of cystic fibrosis. Now, friends of Bassin have come together to celebrate his life through the Zack Bassin Memorial Golf Outing.
As a result of this outing, not only will the community come together to honor Bassin, but also shed light on his rare condition. With cystic fibrosis, there are many mutations with effects that vary widely. Bassin’s mutation was rare, causing him to constantly need an oxygen tank.
Despite Bassin’s medical complications, he remained a dedicated sports fan. Daniel Ketterer, co-founder of the outing and friend of Bassin said that “he couldn’t always play sports, but he continued to play golf with an oxygen tank. Zack was resilient, and the type of person who would put aside his medical challenges.” While Bassin’s mutation limited his ability to exercise, he continued to do what he loved. Despite Bassin’s extensive medical limitations, Ketterer said that, “no one would ever know.”
The idea of a golf outing sparked almost immediately following Bassin’s death. Along with Ketterer, fellow Bassin friends George Corde, James Langelotti, and Colin Burdett decided that an outing was something that Zack “would have been excited about.” To them, the idea was a no-brainer.
To organize the fundraiser, Ketterer and friends teamed up with Emily’s Entourage. “What’s great about Emily’s Entourage is that this organization specifically focuses on rare mutations,” Ketterer said. People hear ‘cystic fibrosis’ and think it’s one disease, but there are tons of mutations that affect people completely differently. With mutation effects varying from mild to severe, it’s important to Ketterer to educate people on the disease’s complexity.
Around 80-90 golfers and another 20 or so people are expected to attend for the luncheon. This outing is open to anyone to attend. With the statistics from the last three fundraisers, Ketterer says that last year, the organization hit $10,000. This outing is happening rain or shine, unless severe weather conditions hit. But for Ketterer, what’s important about this outing is that at the end of the day it’s fun for the community to come together to commemorate Bassin and honor his legacy.