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Update & Photos from our 2018 Golf Tournament

This year we raised $75,000 at our annual golf tournament! We just wanted to say THANK YOU to all of our sponsors, golfers, donors, and volunteers for making this year’s event such a success. We couldn’t run Freedom to Live without the support of all of you!

Check out all the great photos from this year’s event. We had a blast raising money together!


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Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson is Hosting an Exclusive Golf Clinic at Our Tournament!

Phil Mickelson

You read that right! This year, Phil Mickelson is going to be hosting a private golf clinic for anyone who registers for our golf tournament! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn how to better your game from one of the best pro golfers around.

Phil Mickelson has had an incredible golf career, winning 43 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships: 3 Masters titles (2004, 2006, 2010), a PGA championship (2005), and most recently, an Open championship (2013). Phil is one of only 16 players in the history of golf to win at least 3 of the 4 majors and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012.

The most exciting thing is that this is the first time he’ll be hosting this clinic at our tournament! If you want to learn more about Phil Mickelson’s involvement in our event, you can read all about it in today’s San Diego Tribune–check it out here!

And make sure to get your tickets soon, because the golf tournament is this Monday, October 29 at the beautiful Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. You can reserve your spot here:


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Can’t make the tournament? That’s OK! You can still help us by making a donation.


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We’ll see you there!

Annual Charity Golf Tournament Flyer

Registration is Open for our Golf Tournament!


It’s hard to believe it’s already time for our 7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament! The theme is “Retro-Caddy,” so break out your plaid pants! This year the tournament will be on:

Monday, October 29th at 9:30 am

at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club.


The day will be jam-packed full of fun!
– Registration at 9:30am
– Taco, Slider and Drink Welcome Bars
– Silent Auction
– Golf Clinic 10:30am
– Board & Brew Lunch
– Epic Golf Day at 11:30am
– Cocktail Party 4:30
– Raffle 5:15pm
– Plus: SDSU Aztec Girls & Monty, Photo Booth,
Red Bull Girls w/Free Redbull, 067 Slider Bar,
“Bet on the Pro,” and more!

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Can’t make the tournament? You can still help us by making a donation.

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We also want to thank all of our amazing sponsors–we couldn’t do any of this without you!

Donations Provided: Board & Brew – Lunch & Hole Sponsor, Taylor Made Golf – Donated 1200 Golf Balls, Cafe 067 – Slider & Vodka Bars, PNC Bank – Taco Bar, Bighorn – 2-Day Golf Weekend, Mark Johnson – Tequila Bar, Crafted Cocktails, Black Clover – Donated 200 Hats

Thank you for all your support. We’ll see you there!



Recipient Profile: Meet Katelyn

Meet Katelyn, one of the residents moving into our new Freedom Home in July!


Katelyn Bergman“On November 27, 1996, I was involved in a car accident at the age of three that left me an L4-5 C6-7 quadriplegic and killed both my mother and sister. After spending much time in the hospital, I lived in two different foster homes until the age of six, when I moved from Oregon to California to live with my dad once he was medically certified for my care, where I’ve lived since.


In the 23 years since my accident, I’ve accomplished many goals such as: graduating high school (2011), obtaining my Associates Degree in Social Behavior and Science (2015), my Bachelor’s in Psychology (2018), and becoming an ambassador for the Triumph Foundation. I’ve also learned to drive and most exciting of all, through therapy, I’ve become able to stand with assistance.


This has seriously made me so happy to have this opportunity and to know that I am finally going to be starting my life. Thank you, Sian! ♡”


Katelyn, we’re so excited to be following you on your journey, and can’t wait to see what you’ll accomplish next!


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Our New Freedom Home: Mason House in Chatsworth, California

We’re Opening a New Freedom Home!

We are so excited to announce that we’re opening up a new Freedom Home! Renovations are currently underway to retrofit the house for its forthcoming quadriplegic tenants. The house is centrally located in Chatsworth and will have four bedrooms and two wheel-in showers.
This home will allow recipients who have a spinal cord injury or other catastrophic physical disability–to learn to live independently. It will provide a training ground for highly motivated people to reclaim authority over their own lives, as well as mentorship from others who have previously completed our program.
We’re thrilled to be expanding the Training Program, and can’t wait to open the doors to our new tenants on July 20! Thank you to all of our donors, and everyone who has helped Freedom to Live continue to offer an opportunity to change lives. We couldn’t do it without you!


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We Have a New Recipient!

Our Newest Recipient

FTL is busy preparing for our newest recipient on March 1st. Christopher is 54 years old and became a C5-6 quadriplegic in a body surfing accident in Santa Monica last August. Christopher has had a long road since his injury but he is finally ready to move home to begin his journey of learning to live independently as a quadriplegic. Christopher is highly motivated and ready to take on his new challenges in life. But without the option of the FTL Independence Training Program the only discharge plan for Christopher would have either been a long-term nursing facility, or moving home to live with his elderly parents with little to no help. We’re so excited to help Christopher begin his journey!

Paying It Forward

Last week, FTL was donated an accessible van, wheelchair, Hoyer lift, and bed. John Elisarraras first became paralyzed when he was shot multiple times in the back. He’s an FTL recipient who is incredibly determined to become independent and pay it forward to help others. We are awarding these donations to John because of a heartfelt essay he wrote us. Here are some of his goals for the future:


“What I want to share with you is my dreams and goals of going to schools and middle schools and high schools and speaking to the inner-city schools of the world and of my community and taking the message of success and education to the youngsters that are out there committing violent crimes or anybody that is out there that I can be an inspiration to. I want to be a mentor and become an incarceration prevention specialist and dedicate my life to the youth, seeking a better foundation with a better life and a quality of life speaking from my heart.”


Congratulations, John!

FTL Grant Recipient John Elisarraras and Sian Welch


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FTL’s 2017 Post-Golf Tournament Update

Our annual golf tournament was a huge success this year—raising over $90,000 for Freedom to Live!

Several of our recipients, including Adam Hancock, Juan Elisarraras, and Paul Jacobson, were there to meet and greet with our golfers, along with San Diego Padres mascot Swinging Friar, Montezuma from San Diego State, and Gulliver from the San Diego Gulls. But they weren’t a bit out-of-place amongst all of our costumed supporters and golfers! When’s the last time you’ve seen golfers all decked out for Halloween spread across an entire golf course? It certainly was a sight to see!

Channel 10 News (KUSI) was also there to interview Sian Welch & husband Greg Welch about the annual tournament:



We all had an awesome day and are so grateful for all the support from our Golfers, Hole Sponsors, Supporters, Volunteers, and FTL Recipients. We couldn’t have done any of it without you and we just wanted to say


If you want to see some great pictures from the tournament check out the gallery below:


Join Us for Our Annual “Spooktacular” Golf Tournament!

Attention all you golfers out there–come out and have a “spooktacular” time at Freedom to Live’s Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser!

We are raising money to help people living with spinal cord injuries to achieve independence, and your participation makes that possible.

– Your registration/donation gives you a chance to play 18 holes at the beautiful Fairbanks Ranch Country Club
– Every golfer will receive an Oakley-sponsored swag-bag valued at $450
– Enjoy delicious street tacos and have a drink at the bloody mary & margarita bar before you play
– Pariticpate in our “Meet the Experts” golf clinic
– Take part in our silent & live auctions featuring sports memorabilia and unique opportunities
– Plus plenty of food, drinks, & fun surprises at every hole!

Stick around after the game for a cocktail party with live music and meet some of the recipients whose lives have been changed because of your generous support and donations.

Golfers are invited to dress up in their best “Golf Attire” Halloween costumes!

We have great participation packages available, but hurry because space is filling up fast.

Visit our registration page to sign up today.

See you there!