Francie Warnekros in the great outdoors.

Francie Warnekros in the great outdoors.

Francie Warnekros, 26, belongs to the tragic club that knows what it’s like to lose a parent as a young child.

Warnekros was 5 when her mother, Audrey, died from a astrocytoma brain tumor in 1991.

“It really affected my childhood. There wasn’t a day that went by I didn’t think about it growing up, but you didn’t talk about it,” Warnekros said.

The former Magnolian lives in Sultan, but she grew up in the same Magnolia house her dad did.

After years of living with her loss, Warnekros finds herself in a position to do something to honor her mother and to fight the disease that took her away.

On Sept. 15 at 11 a.m., Warnekros will host a mini, putt-putt golf tournament at Interbay Golf Center, 2501 15th Ave. W. Warnekros calls the event, “Putt Cancer in the Hole.”

The goal, she said, is to raise more than $5,000 to donate to the American Brain Tumor Association.

“I realized last December it’s been 20 years since she passed away,” Warnekros said of her mother. “It never gets easier.”

The event grew out of a project she formulated through Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership program in Fremont, where she has attended classes once a week.

For the Sept. 15 event, teams of four to six people can compete for a grand prize; raffle tickets will be sold during the event and prizes awarded at its conclusion, which include restaurant gift certificates, Mariners baseball tickets, massage gift certificates and more. Additionally, the most-spiritedlydressed team will receive prizes.

“I thought it would really be a fun opportunity for such a great cause,” Warnekros said. “It’s not just in honor of my mom but everyone who’s ever been touched by brain tumors.”

To register, on-line go to and type in "Putt Cancer in the Hole" in the search function. The American Brain Tumor Association website is at