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Teeing off for cancer cure

Ladies in pink – 88 of them – gathered on the Alta Sierra golf course Thursday to have fun and raise money to increase awareness of breast cancer, to support those affected by it and to fund research.

The Susan G. Komen Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament raised $2,000 for the national Komen foundation, tournament chairwoman Peggy Hubert said.

Hubert and other members of the golf-inclined quilting group, the Sew Sew Putters, also raffled a quilt they stitched, raising another $2,175. The quilters will split that evenly between the Komen foundation and Project Pink of Grass Valley’s Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Hubert said.

At the end of the day-long affair, “We released helium balloons with the names of survivors, and it was really pretty to see them floating over the golf course,” Hubert said.

Project Pink has raised $110,000 to buy an X-ray digital specimen radiography machine – used to instantly scan lumps of cancerous breast tissue during surgery, campaign coordinator Sandra Auerbach, of the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, said.

“We committed to raise $90,000” to cover the cost of the machine, Auerbach said. There will be added expenses to ship the machine and train staff to use it. Money left over will go to the foundation’s fund for breast cancer programs at the hospital, including support groups, she added.


To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail tkleist@theunion.com or call 477-4230.

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