Six-year-old playing 100 holes to honor friend who died of cancer

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Ryan McGuire (left) will participate in Golf Fights Cancer's Marathon in memory of his friend Danny Nickerson (right) who recently passed away. (Photo courtesy of Golf Fights Cancer)

It may only be June, but 6-year-old Ryan McGuire has already locked up the feel-good golf story of the year.

On June 17th, McGuire, from the Boston suburb of Foxborough, will attempt a 100-hole marathon day of golf in honor of his friend who recently passed away from rare form of pediatric cancer called DIPG.

Danny Nickerson, 5, died in April after an 18-month battle with the disease. Now McGuire, who described Nickerson to WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones, as a "really nice friend" and someone he "liked to play and read books with," is hoping to save others affected by the disease from a similar fate. 

With his grandfather, Vin "Bear" McGuire - a cancer survivor himself, serving as caddie and his entire kindergarten class there to cheer him on, McGuire will walk about 5 1/2 rounds at the MGA Links in Norton, Massachusetts as part of is part of a fundraising effort by Golf Fights Cancer, a Boston based non-profit organization that raises funds for cancer research as well as cancer related charities. If he completes the 100 holes, he'd be the youngest ever to do so.

Donations have easily surpassed McGuire's initial goal of $2,500, in fact, he's already over halfway to his new new goal of $15,000.

Check out more more information about this great cause and feel free to donate here.

h/t to CBS Boston