Rally targets breast cancer

Posted: Thursday, June 07, 2007

For the second straight year, on Sunday the Birch Ridge Golf Association will be taking part in Rally for the Cure, presented by Golf for Women magazine. Since Rally started in 1996, more than 1.2 million people have participated in the breast cancer awareness campaign, making it the nation’s largest grassroots women’s golf program.

Rally seeks to emphasize the importance of early detection in the successful treatment of breast cancer and supports the mission of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which is to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. According to Komen for the Cure, each year breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women ages 35 to 54. The disease also accounts for more than 75 percent of all cancer deaths in women age 55 and older.

The Rally program has grown from 356 clubs in 1996 to more than 3,300 clubs last year. Since 1996, Komen has received more than $28 million from Rally events to support their mission.

All players on Sunday will receive early detection information, a Rally pink ribbon golf pin and a one-year subscription to Golf for Women. Rally also holds a closest-to-the-pin contest. Any player getting on the green on the first shot gets a free golf ball.

Birch Ridge Golf Association is providing several other prize-winning opportunities at the tournament.

The tournament already has a full field of 72 players, but those who would like to play can call Sharon Keating at 262-9195 and get on a waiting list.

in case there is a cancellation.

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