GREENFIELD — When it came to accepting help, Andy Gilliland was hesitant. Diagnosed with leukemia in 1989, Gilliland was content to pay off on his own the medical bills accrued over years of treatment, and he was still doing so in the fall of 1994.
After prodding from his friends, Gilliland finally gave the okay for a golf benefit to be held in his honor at Arrowhead Golf Course in Greenfield — on one condition.
“I was a little uncomfortable with the whole thing,” Gilliland recalled this week. “But one of my friends said, ‘Why don’t you, from that point on, keep doing it (for someone else)?’. And that just made me feel better about everything. And now here we are, 20 years later.”
Saturday at Arrowhead will mark the 20th Annual Andy Gilliland and Friends golf benefit. And it will mark the 19th straight year the raised and donated funds will go help another community member in need.