Golfers and the community have an opportunity to help improve access to life-saving breast cancer detection with the first Susan G. Komen Golf Capital Classic, set Sept. 29 at Bear Trace Golf Course.
Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Komen of the Upper Cumberland, the affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure that serves Cumberland and 13 surrounding counties.
"You can see the impact Komen has made on the lives of women in our community," said Marty Lewis, tournament chairperson. "Seventy-five cents of every dollar raised stays right here in this region to support grants that help uninsured or underinsured women get mammograms they might otherwise have to do without."
That's important because mammograms are a key to early detection of the disease that will touch an estimated 226,870 individuals and their families in 2012. Breast cancer is much easier to treat and defeat when found early.
Komen Upper Cumberland has funded a grant at Cumberland Medical Center, allowing the hospital to offer five free mammogram days during the year. About 125 women are served and CMC's nurse navigator monitors follow-up care needed. The program also works to educate all women on the importance of self exams and yearly mammograms to increase the chances of an early diagnosis, especially among young women.
Other grants offering screenings, education and support are funded throughout the Upper Cumberland.
The tournament is set for Sept. 29 at Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain, named the No. 1 golf course in Tennessee by Golf Week magazine in 2012. Golfers will start their two-man scramble play next to a banner honoring those who have lost their battle with cancer. Play will end on the 18th hole with a banner celebrating those who have survived the disease.
The community is invited to help honor these brave women and their families. Names may be placed on the banners for $50, and all names will be engraved on a plaque to be kept on display at the CMC Breast Center during the year.
"It brings the players full circle," Lewis explained. "Those who have passed away will be honored, and the lives of those who survived their battle will be celebrated throughout the tournament."
Contact Lewis at 200-0553, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space on the memorial and survivor plaques and banners.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is dedicated to ending breast cancer. While most funds raised will stay with the local affiliate, 25 percent of funds will go to the national organization to support cancer research. Komen is the largest non-government funder of breast cancer research and the organization has been a part of major advancements in diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer for the past 25 years.
Hole sponsorships are still available for the tournament, and donations of items for a benefit auction during the kick-off event Sept. 28 are being taken at this time. Contact Lewis for more information on sponsorships and donating.