Dear Hacker Friends,

With deep sadness, I want to share with you the passing of one of our founders Alfred E. Smith IV.  As you all know, Al was bigger than life.  Many of you will remember his big personality, his incredible wit and his loving heart. You could call Al day or night and he would always have time for you.  

He was passionate about Hackers for Hope.  We started it 33 years ago on the driving range and his passion never wavered.  

I would like to especially extend my deepest condolences to Nan, his loving wife, Alfie and Catherine, their spouses and his beautiful grandchildren.  Please keep them all in your thoughts.

I will miss you my friend.

Tim Brown

Mr. Alfred E. Smith IV
May 24, 1951 – November 20, 2019

Monday, November 25
4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Hoyt Funeral Home 
199 Main Street
New Canaan

Funeral Service
Tuesday, November 26
11:00 a.m.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
5th Avenue
New York

Reception Following
at the 
University Club
1 West 54th Street
New York

Hackers for Hope

Hackers for Hope celebrated their 30th Anniversary in 2018,  and we invite you to join us as a Hacker this year!

Alfred E. Smith and Tim Brown founded this organization while recovering from cancer back in 1988. They vowed to “give back” to the cancer research and treatment community that helped them and so many others. Throughout the years, Hackers For Hope has raised over $16 million and grants have been given to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Stamford Hospital’s Bennett Cancer Center, and the RH McCooey Research Fund, Cannonball Kids Cancer Foundation among many others.


Hackers for Hope has funded cancer research at many highly regarded institutions over the years. Read what our grants have made possible and how some of the recent beneficiaries have used our donations.

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Connecticut Hackers

There are two ways to participate as a hacker this year. You can be a Marathon Golfer and tee off at sunrise and golf as many holes as they can until dusk. Or, you can play a traditional 18-hole game and tee off at noon.

Shopping for Hope Sponsors


Thank you to our Shopping for Hope sponsors. Their generosity supports Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Ovarian Cancer Research including their “liquid biopsy which will test for cancer with a simple blood test.

Holidays for Hope Sponsors​

Thank you to our Holidays for Hope sponsors. Their generosity supports the important clinical trial program at Stamford Hospital’s Bennett Cancer Center.


Golf Sponsors

Many thanks to our sponsors.  Their generosity enables us to support the important research being done by our beneficiaries.

Merrill and Rich van den Broek

Sherry and Brian Ramsay

Kenny and Nat Howe

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