By Jake Brown
Tuesday marked the first annual Tic Toc Stop Golf Outing at the Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor. Everybody knows Craig Carton as the funny, outspoken co-host of "Boomer & Carton," one of America's favorite morning shows on WFAN and CBS Sports Network. Most don't know the side of him that really does fill the title of being a "national treasure."
Less than a year ago, Carton and four friends started up Tic Toc Stop in order to fight Tourette Syndrome and come up with a cure for the disorder. Carton and two of his kids have Tourette's and everyday those with the disorder have to fight off the tics that come with it. The WFAN host has come a long way in helping to find a cure, and significant progress has been made since starting the foundation last summer. They have already come up with a way to stop these tics.
"We took the dentist idea of using an orthotic or a mouthpiece to try and help with the tic and we decided that we would be the lead foundation to study it, to investigate it, do research and development and make sure that if we did go forward with using an orthotic that we were in control of what we were putting in kids' mouths," Carton said. "We've evolved quite a bit and we've come a long way."
Craig Carton on Tic Toc Stop
While trying to find a cure didn't seem very possible, Tic Toc Stop and these fundraising events have helped them come closer and closer to making the impossible, possible.
"We're at a point now where we have a mouthpiece that we're real proud of that we think we can get FDA approval for, but first things first we have to do a university study, which we're going to announce in the next couple of weeks," Carton said.
"It's a very exciting time for the Tourette's community and families like mine that have kids with Tourette's because it finally might be time, because (there) might be finally for the first time in a long time some light at the end of the tunnel. I think for the first time you can start considering the reality that you might one day find a cure for it."
Tuesday's event was a huge success. There were 95 golfers made up of foursomes and fivesomes, each including some local New York celebrities: Boomer Esiason, John Franco, John Starks, Anthony Mason, Wally Szczerbiak, Adam Graves, Lee Mazzilli, Cecil Fielder, Sparky Lyle, Billy Taylor, Claudio Reyna and Mike Tannenbaum. The rain stayed away and over 100 people made it out to the stunning Trump golf course.
"They basically donated the golf course to us so that we can maximize how much money we raise and it was the perfect day for our first golf tournament," Carton said. "I couldn't be any happier."
There is still plenty more to come.
"We do a bowling event every year at Chelsea Piers Bowlmor," Carton said. "We'll do a couple Texas Hold 'Em events and we're not so quietly planning a major concert at MetLife Stadium along with the Boomer Esiason Foundation and then beyond that we're going to try and come up with the ability to do a black tie gala event as well."
His run with his well-renowned co-host is getting set to start its eighth year of "Boomer & Carton." The show has grown widely popular and can be heard not only on 660AM/101.9FM WFAN 6-10 a.m. ET, but seen from a national audience on the CBS Sports Network live and with a replay from 12-4 p.m ET. Did the 45-year-old from New Rochelle see the show becoming this much of a success?
"I knew from day one we would be the single greatest sports radio show of all time," he joked. "No, listen. We got very lucky. Boomer and I get along. The show worked from Day 1. It's fun. Here we are seven years later. We're about to start our eighth year. We're blessed. Ratings have never been higher, which is amazing."
CBS Sports Network began their partnership with the show on January 6, 2014.
"Being with CBS has been great. Nothing but positives. From a national perspective and the way they produce the show, they make the show look badass and we love it. They understood what we did. They got it and they embrace that and they're a great partner."
Tuesday's event was just another step in the process to come closer to finding a cure for Tourette Syndrome. Carton has truly established something special with Tic Toc Stop, and the end could be sooner, rather than later.
To check out all the photos from Tuesday's event, go to JeffreyAugerPhotography.com/tictocstop.
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