In October of 1994, when Karl was just turning two, he was diagnosed with a rare cancer called Wilms Tumor. He fought his cancer for three years. He had surgeries to remove three tumors and he also underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Karl had a God-given character that allowed him to find good in bad and bring joy and comfort to those around him.
The “Karl Tourney” had its beginnings in 1998, just one year after Karl died. It’s founder, Lance Pogones, began the tournament with the support of friends and family. The Karl Potach Foundation was then established to enable proceeds from the golf tournament, and money from private donations to be used to benefit cancer patients and their families.
The money raised during the Karl Potach Memorial Golf Tournament funds the Karl Potach Foundation and is used to improve the quality of life for current and future pediatric cancer patients, and also work towards a cure.