LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – For the 14th year in a row, the Cosenzi family held their “Driving for the Cure” charity golf tournament in honor of the family’s cancer-stricken patriarch.

Tom Cosenzi, the owner of Tommy Car dealerships, was in his prime, a life cut short by brain cancer. Her children started this tradition of “Driving for the Cure,” an annual event that has so far raised more than $1.5 million for cancer research.

Carla Cosenzi told 22News: “It is in memory of my father Tom Costenzi, who was diagnosed in 2007, and at the age of fifty-two, passed away in 2009.

All money raised from the 14th Annual Fundraising Golf Tournaments at Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow will go directly to Dr. Patrick Wen and his team of researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

“Dr. Wen was able to keep my father alive for just over two years, when life expectancy was only six months,” Cosenzi said. “We are therefore honored to help support the cause, to help other people not have to go through the kind of pain that my father or my family went through.”

Carla Cosenzi and her brother Tom will continue to honor their father’s memory with these fundraising tournaments that help Dana-Farber doctors alleviate suffering as they work to find the cure.