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Tourney targets cure for breast cancer.

Women’s Golf Association of the Golf ClubRealtor Christine Massey enlisted in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure campaign to beat breast cancer 11 years ago. The golf tournament she organized raised $500 in it’s first year and now more than a decade later, the tourney has raised more than $100,000 – ranking it among the top three percent of rally fund-raising clubs.

“We’re just very proud of how we’ve gone about doing this,” she said.

Massey invites women golfers to join this year’s Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament, September 23, sponsored by the Women’s Golf Association of the Golf Club at Indigo Run.
“The more the merrier…This is a fun tournament. We pair everybody up. It’s not just to win, it’s to participate.”

The event includes a raffle of prizes, such as golf getaways, including a CCA golf package in Atlanta, and rounds of golf at clubs, such as Palmetto Bluff and Belfair. Massey is gratified by the support the tourney has garnered with donations from club members, service industry personnel and the real estate community.

“The sponsors are the ones who make us thrive,” she said. “This is how we raise our money. We would like to see the eradication of the word cancer.”

Early on, Massey was concerned that monies raised would go toward the foundation’s administration costs. She’s adamant that “every bit goes toward research.”

Organizers use the tourney to spread the word about early detection, as well.

“We make everyone aware to have a mammogram each year,” she said. “We hand out pamphlets and pink ribbon pins.”

“Everyone’s been touched by cancer,” Massey said. Her own mother underwent a mastectomy. “She fought and won. She was a survivor.”

Additionally, The Komen on the Go education center will be open to the public in two different Lowcountry locations: The Village Golf Shop in Belfair Towne Village, in Bluffton, on September 20 and at the Haig Point Golf Tournament on September 22.

The center provides critical information that will be useful for anyone experiencing breast cancer, or for anyone who knows of someone affected by it.

About Komen for the Cure Nancy G. Brinker founded the Komen for the Cure organization in 1982 in honor of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died of breast cancer. Today, it is the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the determined fight against breast cancer in the world.

AT A GLANCE

Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament
When: September 23, registration at 7:30 a.m., shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
Where: The Golf Club at Indigo Run
Cost: $112 for non club members; includes 18 holes of golf, cart rental, lunch and a donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Contact: Co-chairman Susan Beck at (843) 342-5881 or Ann Delmore at (843) 681-5874.
On the net: komen.org