112811 - USA Today LPGA golfers share goal to beat breast cancer

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LPGA golfers share goal to beat breast cancer
By Morgan Pressel, and Cristie Kerr




In 2003, Morgan Pressel, then 15, learned too soon what radiology, mastectomy and
chemotherapy meant as she watched her mother, Kathryn Krickstein, die of breast cancer at
age 43. A year earlier, Cristie Kerr's mother, Linda, was diagnosed with breast cancer but
continues to win that persistent battle.

Today, Pressel and Kerr, good friends off the golf course and rivals between the gallery ropes on
the LPGA Tour, are passionate breast cancer activists.


Pressel's foundation and annual golf tournament, Morgan & Friends, has raised more than $2 million
to provide funding for awareness, detection, treatment and research. Some of the money produced
the Kathryn Krickstein Pressel Mammovan, which travels throughout Palm Beach (Fla.) County
providing access to early mammograms for people of all financial means.


Kerr also has raised more than $2 million through her foundation, Birdies for Breast Cancer, and her
tournament, the Liberty Cup, which she hopes will become an LPGA Tour event one day. In 2010,
 
 

the Cristie Kerr Women's Health Center opened in Jersey City and became the first comprehensive
breast care facility in Hudson County, N.J. Men and women with or without health insurance have
received a full range of services — more than 1,850 mammographies, 1,800 ultrasounds and 400
bone density tests.


It's amazing what we have created in such a short time with just golf, and how remarkable it is that
the game can bring large groups of people together who all have one goal in mind — to raise money
to help a good cause.


The two of us were moved to act when our lives were torn apart because of breast cancer, and we
both felt we needed to do something to help other women, and men, who unfortunately deal with this
horrible disease.


When our mothers were diagnosed we both felt helpless, and we don't like feeling helpless. It is a
sense of loss like no other. And we want to do everything we can so others don't have that same
feeling. We want to get our stories out, we want to create as much awareness as we can, and out of
tragedy, out of suffering, we can create hope in this collective struggle.


This disease has touched the lives of nearly all of us in some way and we all need to take an active
role in supporting advances in research and raising awareness so we can vanquish this disease.
And all women, without hesitation, should speak with their doctors about breast cancer screenings.
We have a unique platform where we can help so many others, and just sitting idly by and just giving
time here and there was just not going to do. We have a responsibility to act. We both dove right in
and we now work as hard as we can and make as much of a difference as we can.


Maybe one day people won't have to go through what we have gone through. Maybe one day they
will find a cure so boys and girls won't lose their mothers. That is our goal, our hope, and we will
continue to work to raise the funds needed, to raise the awareness needed, to attack this disease
and find a cure.


Whatever charity an athlete or celebrity backs, it doesn't matter as long as you are giving back, and
for both of us, helping others and giving back to our communities drives us. We both take what we
do very seriously, and we are more passionate about this than we are about our golf. That's one of
the reasons why both of us will continue our work far beyond our golfing careers on the LPGA Tour.
The amount of money we raise from our events and our own donations and those donations from
friends is remarkable. We can't thank people enough who have supported our efforts.


But our work is not done. And it will not be done until a cure is found.