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Golfers take on disease

Ladies dressed in pink rode around the Verdict Ridge golfcourse Monday afternoon, all to help rally for a cure for cancer.
Pink hats, shorts, skirts, gloves and even golf balls adorned the grounds.
Some participants were cancer survivors and others were there because cancer had touched their lives in some way.
“I have played every year, and I have been a cancer survivor for 19 years,” said Annette Brittain of Hickory.
Cindy Baker of Claremont said she was affected by a co-worker who is battling cancer.
“I help her a lot,” she said.
Travis Nulton of Mooresville has also been personally touched.
“This is a fabulous cause,” she said. “I had a good friend who died a couple of years ago, and I am all about helping to rally for a cure.”
The 4th annual Ladies Invitational Golf Tournament to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, a global leader in the fight against breast cancer, “Rally for a Cure,” raised roughly $4,000 this year.
“That’s a pretty good amount for a one day event,” said Scott Knox, development manager at Verdict Ridge.
Knox said the $4,000 raised was $1,000 more than last year.
Roughly 75 golfers came out to play, not including volunteers and cancer survivors.
Knox said there were at least four cancer survivors at the golf tournament.
Participants were awarded with lunch, a wine and cheese party awards ceremony, door prizes and a silent auction.
“We had so many area businesses that donated,” Knox said. “It seemed like everyone won a prize.”
The golf tournament to benefit breast cancer is something that Knox considered a great cause.
“We wanted to find a tournament that the ladies could come out and play,” he said. “And secondly find a tournament that could benefit a charity. Breast cancer has a great impact on women next to heart disease.”

by Amy Wadsworth

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