Columbus, Ohio) – Pete Crozier, an Ohio-based golfer, is embarking on a 50-day journey where he will play 50 golf courses across all 50 states to raise $50,000 for type 1 diabetes research, benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In honor of his late father, Crozier is taking his fond memories of golfing with his father and putting them into action. His journey will begin May 27 at The Founder’s Club at St. James Plantation in Southport, NC and a stop at the Ka'anapali Golf Courses is scheduled for this Saturday.

“As my 50th birthday approached, I wanted to memorialize my father and his battle with diabetes by taking on a difficult and exhausting journey of my own,” says Crozier. “I think he would be so proud of the idea, especially how Fifty for Father is already bringing people together toward a common cause to help others.”

A cause close to his family, Crozier’s 15-year-old son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age four, while his father succumbed to a stroke resulting from complications of the disease 20 years ago. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), type 1 diabetes inflicts approximately 1.25 million Americans, with an estimated 40,000 new diagnoses each year and no known cure.

“As a son and a father of loved ones with diabetes, I deeply empathize with families who are struggling, physically and emotionally, with this devastating disease,” says Crozier. “While type 1 diabetes is currently unpreventable, I believe donations from Fifty for Father can provide hope of someday finding a cure.”

Joining Crozier on his mission, official partners whom have pledged financial or in-kind donations and more include: Avis, Billy Casper Golf, Buffalo Agency, Creative Mobile Interiors, ECCO Golf, KemperSports, Linksoul, Masterman’s, Nike, Starbucks of Central Ohio, Titleist, TPC® Network, Troon Golf and 50 golf courses across the country.

Fifty for Father concludes July 15 at Green Hill Golf Course in Worcester, MA, on the same course where Crozier’s father learned to play golf.