Breast Cancer Awareness Month is coming to an end but the Grand Lake community continues to raise funds year round. One such organization is Patricia Island Ladies Golf Association (PILGA).
PILGA hosted their eighth annual Susan G. Komen Boos & Ghouls Cancer Tournament on Thursday, October 28 at the golf club.
“It’s amazing how many lives breast cancer has touched,” said tournament organizer Lynn Stewart. “We’ve (PILGA) lost several members to breast cancer.”
Every year the organization donates half the proceeds from the tournament to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and half to a local charity. “This year the other half of the proceeds will go to Good Shepard Hospice,” Stewart said. “The whole community comes together and is so generous with their time and money.”
“Many who are already members and don’t have to pay to play have donated toward the cause,” added Ileta Bray, who is also helping organize the event.
Golfers Ed and Bev Myers’s three daughters have all suffered from cancer. Every year they participate in this tournament and make stained glass window angel decorations to raise funds for the cure in DeMoines, Iowa’s Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure. The Myers’s daughters live in DeMoines.
“We’ve even been asked to make the ribbon in the glass in different colors such as teal for ovarian cancer” said Bev Myers. They have earned about $1500 thus far.
Nancy Simpson, who donates her time cooking lunch for the tournament each year, was diagnosed with breast cancer this summer. “But they caught it early” she said. “I am doing really well, but I need to stress how important it is to get a mammogram and not blow it off.”
This is the third year Simpson has worked with friend Eve Sloan, but “now it’s more personal,” said Simpson.
“Contributions are still coming from those who aren’t even playing,” said Bray. Contact Lynn Stewart for more information and to contribute to the fundraiser. They except donations year round.
Patricia Island Estates & Golf Club hosts many charitable events throughout the year. You can get more information at their website www.patriciaisland.com.
Several readers offered information and helpful websites for others who have survived cancer, have been touched by cancer, or are still suffering. Below is the list the Sun compiled during the series on breast cancer in October.
• Breast cancer support - www.bcsupport.org;
• Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation - www.komen.org;
• Breast Cancer Information from a Nonprofit Organization - www.breastcancer.org ;
• CaringBridge - www.CaringBridge.org;
• Choose Hope - www.choosehope.com;
• Young Survival Coalition - www.youngsurvival.org.