The first MFL Youth Golf Tournament will be held on July 13 to support the new fund
Three brothers, Casey, Chris and Cory Lindeman, have created a foundation honoring their mother, Mary Lindeman’s commitment to nursing and education.
Mary was a nurse for almost 50 years when, in April of 2019, she was diagnosed with neuroendocrine carcinoma, a rare cancer that originated in her pancreas. Unfortunately, Mary’s cancer was especially aggressive and she passed away at home a mere four months later.
Mary’s life was spent helping people and her impact was apparent at her funeral.
“At the funeral, we had so many past and current patients of hers that came to pay their respects,” said Chris.
Seeing this as well as witnessing their mother’s passion for education — she graduated from Vincennes University with her associate’s degree in nursing and then completed her Science in Nursing and Masters at the University of Evansville and she earned her Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Southern Indiana — the three brothers decided to create a lasting legacy honoring her while supporting others with similar aspirations in nursing.
“She worked hard to put herself through school to achieve her goal of becoming a nurse,” they shared in a donor letter for the organization’s first event. “Mom always placed a large amount of importance on education for us kids and student nurses that would shadow her at work.”
“My mother was such an important person in my life that I feel like I would be doing her a disservice by not trying to continue her memory and legacy,” Casey said.
Earlier this year, Casey was able to award the foundation’s first $1,000 scholarship to a Southridge High School student heading to Western Kentucky University to study nursing.
“It was amazing. It really was,” he said of the moment. “I’ve done jury trials and I’ve spoken in public before, but this was one time where I felt butterflies I’d never felt before.”
He explained that he broke the ice at the award ceremony by joking about how his mom would hate the recognition because she was such a private person.
“But I think she would understand that her boys and husband (Frank) miss her dearly and this is one way to help,” Casey said.
To help fund future scholarships, the brothers have organized the first MFL Foundation Youth Golf Tournament set to take place at the Huntingburg Country Club on July 13. The tournament is for youth aged 7 to 18 and will have several divisions split among those age groups (7-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, and 16-18) with the younger groups playing nine holes and the older ones 18 holes. There will be medals for first, second and third place in each division. For details are in the flyer below.
Registration is open now at https://app.teamlinkt.com/register/go/mflfoundation/13412 — the entry fee increases from $30 to $40 after this Friday, July 1.
Although she wasn’t a golfer, my brothers and I do play, and the movement at the Huntingburg Country Club to grow youth golf made a perfect union for a Youth Golf Tournament, said Casey.
The scholarship hopefully inspires the next generation of nurses to have that kind of impact on their patients in compassion and caring for them when they need it.
With the demands on the healthcare industry and workers over the past few years, the Lindemans hope that helping local college-bound students in their nursing aspirations will strengthen the community and help provide quality healthcare for the future in memory of their mother.
“I hope this fund in the future helps nursing students that go on to do great things within their communities,” Casey said. “That those future nurses that receive scholarships work in their careers for a long time.”