NORTON (CBS) – A young boy playing 100 holes of golf in honor of his friend who died after a battle with cancer blew past his initial fundraising goal.

Ryan McGuire of Foxboro teed up at Norton’s MGA Links on Wednesday to play a marathon round of golf in honor of Danny Nickerson.

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Nickerson died in April from a rare form of cancer. Before his death, Nickerson asked for birthday cards and received truckloads of them from around the world.

Danny Nickerson, seen after receiving thousands of birthday cards in 2014. (Image Credit: Daniel's Journey)

Danny Nickerson, seen after receiving thousands of birthday cards in 2014. (Image Credit: Daniel’s Journey)

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McGuire initially planned to raise $5,000 for pediatric cancer research in Nickerson’s memory.

Instead, he had raised more than $29,000 by late Wednesday afternoon.

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To donate to McGuire’s efforts, visit his Golf Fights Cancer donation page.