Every August since the summer of 1977, the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial in Sun Valley, Idaho has gathered hundreds of like-minded individuals including celebrities, members of Congress, professional athletes, corporate sponsors, participants and volunteers with one goal in mind: find a cure for cancer.
The tournament was founded by Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew and Congressman Ralph Harding in memory of the Minnesota Twins shortstop, Danny Thompson who died of leukemia at the young age of 29. Through their hard work and the dedication of their supporters, the KTM is now considered one of the leading cancer research fundraisers of its kind.
Proceeds from this event benefit the St. Luke’s Cancer Institute and the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Befitting Killebrew’s vision and Thompson’s fighting spirit, the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial continues to support the battle against leukemia and other cancers. Now an enduring summer tradition, 2020 will mark the tournament’s 44th annual Killebrew-Thompson Memorial. The event has raised over $18.4 million to date, with all proceeds directly funding cancer research at both St. Luke’s Cancer Institute, and the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. Through the groundbreaking scientific advancement of these institutions, the Killebrew-Thompson tradition continues.