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Charity golf outing on June 4 will honor O'Hara native

Tawnya Panizzi
| Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 3:33 p.m.
A golf outing is scheduled to raise money for families impacted by cancer, in memory of Lance Snyder of O’Hara, who died in 2012.
A golf outing is scheduled to raise money for families impacted by cancer, in memory of Lance Snyder of O’Hara, who died in 2012.

Friends of the late Lance Snyder are keeping his memory alive not only with an annual golf outing but by helping local families who are struggling with cancer.

Erin Fusaro said Snyder, an O'Hara native who died at age 30 from brain cancer in 2012, was known for lending a hand to anyone in need.

“Lance was a special person who touched so many people's lives,” Fusaro said. “It's only fitting to carry on his legacy through giving to those in need, and of course, through a little golf as well.”

Fusaro serves on the committee of the Fourth Annual Lance Perry Snyder Golf Outing, scheduled for 8 a.m. June 4 at Birdsfoot Golf Course in Freeport.

Proceeds from the first three years — nearly $20,000 — helped Fusaro and friends establish the Still Waters Fund through the Pittsburgh Foundation. Already, two grants were made in Snyder's name; one to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC to assist families with medication and support and the other to Casting for Recovery, a group that provides free fly fishing retreats for women with breast cancer.

Friend Jennifer Iacurci recalled Snyder as a genuine, kind-hearted guy.

“To know Lance was to know what he stood for: family, friendship, community,” Iacurci said.

A graduate of Fox Chapel Area High School, Snyder was known for a contagious personality and a love of sports, especially hockey, fly fishing and golf, Iacurci said. Snyder went on to graduate from James Madison University and began a career in real estate, eventually becoming one of the top selling agents for Howard Hanna in Fox Chapel, according to his wife, Francine.

“Lance's smile and baby blue eyes could light up a room. He was always interested in finding out ways to give back and improve the lives of others in need,” Francine said. “He would strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere and walk away with a new friend.”

She said he learned early on the meaning of serving others, volunteering as a teen at HealthSouth Harmarville Rehabilitation Hospital.

In high school, Snyder volunteered weekly with a homeless ministry in Aspinwall.

As a real estate agent, he donated from his home sales to the environmental group 1 Percent for the Planet.

Snyder was diagnosed in 2010 with glioblastoma, which his wife said he fought for 18 months with integrity and a sense of humor.

“His kindness and generosity for others will live on through his family, friends and the golf outing,” she said.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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