Established in 2017, the GKN Hoeganaes Golf Outing has its origins in gratitude.

Kylan McQuaig, based in Cinnaminson as a Global R&D Manager for GKN Hoeganaes, and his wife Brittany married in September 2012, and were enjoying their life as a young married couple. They spent their time traveling, spending time with family and friends, and playing sports together, and all was well. But just a few years later, in November 2015, Brittany was diagnosed with breast cancer. As a woman in her late 20s, and knowing about her family history with the disease, Brittany tackled the diagnosis with aggressive treatments and a positive attitude. They chose Virtua for Brittany’s care, visiting our Voorhees and Washington Township locations frequently, and even before Brittany had finished her treatments, they knew they had to do something meaningful. Kylan says, “Everyone at Virtua, from the nurse navigators and staff to the doctors and nurses were so helpful and accommodating that we wanted to pay it forward.”

Opportunity arose soon. Kylan had been identified as a rising leader at GKN, and was invited to participate in the GKN Leadership Program. One facet of the program involved completing a community service project, and Kylan had the idea to give back to Virtua and support cancer patients in the community. He created a project that far exceeded the scope and scale of the GKN Leadership Program requirements, and the first annual GKN Hoeganaes Golf Outing took place in September 2017. The event was fully planned Kylan and his GKN Hoeganaes colleagues - with particular support from Pete Sokolowski and Deborah Onofrio - as well as Brittany and the McQuaigs' family and friends.

The event was a resounding success. GKN Hoeganaes was so impressed with Kylan’s work that they provided a $5,000 event sponsorship that has continued each year. The GKN Hoeganaes Golf Outing has had a tremendous impact at Virtua, supporting Oncology Services with approximately $30,000 in funds in its first two years, as well as dozens of care bags for our cancer patients. Kylan explains, “It feels great to be able to do something to help other people going through the same difficult situation.”

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