Local event highlights breast cancer awareness

Local event highlights breast cancer awareness

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins, one local event is kicking off October with a strong show of support for those impacted by the disease.

The Breast Cancer Golf Rally, held every first weekend in October, has been providing support for families in the area for 14 years. Over that period of time, the event has raised more than $125,000 – and all that money stays local, benefitting families and organizations like the UW Carbone Cancer Center. 

Organizers say even in years like this one when the weather doesn’t cooperate, participants show up in droves to join in the fight against breast cancer.

“It’s really nasty out here today, but this is nothing compared to the everyday battles that women with breast cancer face,” said event co-chair Lisa Strand. “So this is just a small sacrifice to help.”

A little Wisconsin weather was no deterrent Saturday for more than 60 people who showed up to support the cause.

“We need a cure, so the women that died all summer long and into this fall, when you saw the names in the paper, so that that doesn’t happen anymore,” said 6-year participant Fran Johnson. “So our children and our grandchildren will be free from breast cancer.”

No matter what the weather, each year, you can expect a strong show of support here at the golf rally.

“We’re out here, whether it’s sunny and beautiful, or cold and rainy, because we believe in this cause,” Johnson said.

“We want to stop that crazy illness, that’s why,” said Henriksen. “We just want it to go away. With a lot of help from good friends, I think we will make it one of these days. I really do.”