Brian Dennison, 33, of Halifax has great memories of his aunt, Brenda Cobb. One of his most cherished memories is of her joining the family on camping trips where she loved to go fishing. Dennison said his aunt never let having multiple sclerosis stop her from doing things she enjoyed.
“I remember her having a cane for a while. She’d still get up and go camping with us…even when she was in wheelchair; she’d still go to my parents’ house and go fishing.”
Dennison’s aunt passed away in 2007. She was 50 years old.
“It was sad, but at the same time she never put a frown on her face,” he said proudly. “She was a trooper and didn’t want anyone to feel bad for her.”
In honor of Brenda’s indomitable spirit, the family hosts a golf tournament each year to raise money for the National MS Society. The Society funds cutting-edge research to find a cure for the disease, as well as provides services and programs to people living with MS.
The family business, Dennison Lubricants, sponsored the 7th annual charity golf tournament along with partners: Shell Lubricants, BL Kitchen Transportation, CF Industries, and Energi Insurance. It took place on Monday, September 15, 2014, at the Poquoy Brook Golf Club in Lakeville, MA. More than 130 golfers turned out for the event. They raised $41,500 for the Society, beating the previous year’s total by more than $11,000.
“We were almost taken aback,” said Dennison. “We ran the numbers a few times just to make sure it was right. We had no clue it was that much!”
Dennison and his family are already working on ideas for growing the tournament next year.
Always in his heart and mind, he carries the memory of his brave and beloved Aunt Brenda.
“We think she’s looking down on us and is very, very pleased.”
PHOTO: left to right, Tim Dennison Sr., Founder and President, Brian Dennison, V.P. Sales & Marketing, Lori Espino, National MS Society, Greater New England Chapter President, Karen Dennison, V.P. Corporate Relations & Co-Founder, Tim Dennison Jr., Territory Sales Manager, and Matt Dennison