Brandon Phillips is a professional polo player. During his career, Phillips has won many of the sport’s most prestigious tournaments. However, winning these tournaments is not the biggest victory he has achieved…surviving stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is.
Everything seemed to be falling into place for the young Phillips until the day he woke up with severe swelling and aching pain in his left leg. Twenty-four hours later, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and given a prognosis of six weeks to live. Phillips was just 14 years old.
Phillips endured five grueling months of intensive chemotherapy sessions yet never lost his spirit nor accepted death as an option. He beat the odds and went into remission.
Terrie Mooney is the Executive Director of Polo for Life and is responsible for overseeing the administration, logistics, fundraising programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include marketing and community outreach.
Prior to joining the PFL team, Mooney was Campaign Director for Light the Night, the largest fundraising campaign of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Societywhich locally raised close to one million dollars annually.
In addition to her non-profit expertise, Mooney’s vast experience in the sport industry includes leadership positions at Executive Sports International, Jack Nicklaus’ former event management company of PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and Champions Tour events; Event Manager at Executive Women’s Golf Association and Director of Sponsorship at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, one of the most respected polo venues in the world.
PJ Rizvi has been involved with Polo for Life since the beginning. As Event Co-chair for the past five years, PJ has been instrumental in producing PFL’s flagship fundraising event, Polo for a Purpose.
PJ tirelessly contributes to the event resulting in exponential growth year after year. Having lost her sister, Penny, to leukemia, PJ is motivated to help find a cure for blood cancers as well as help families facing the exact same challenge her family experienced.
“All the money in the world could not save my sister, but maybe the money we raise at this event might prevent another family from the tragedy and heartache we suffered”, said Rizvi.