MOUNT VERNON — For the past 20 years, Rally for a Cure events in Knox County have generated $198,738 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, with a small amount being designated for local outreach.
This year, the local organizers decided to make a change when the national organization decided to not support the local outreach groups. Instead, they opted to keep the funds local and rename their group Go Pink for a Cure. They were excited to announce that their fundraising efforts will support Breast Health Services at Knox Community Hospital.
In fact, this year’s Go Pink for a Cure event raised $25,500 for breast cancer patients. This is the largest amount ever raised by this all-volunteer group.
During the event, golfers played nine holes at the Mount Vernon Country Club while others enjoyed euchre, bridge and mahjong. A lunch was served and prizes for the golf scramble and table games were awarded. The excitement was tangible as the Go Pink team spoke about working on behalf of local cancer patients.
“We are really happy to be working with The Foundation for KCH,” said Carol Sue Owens, a founding member of the Go Pink committee. “We just feel that it is a more immediate way to get help to the folks who need it.”
Barbara Barry, Go Pink chairwoman, added that “We learned at one of our event planning meetings that a fund helping provide mastectomy bras was depleted, which meant someone in need might have to go without. I am hoping that the funds generated by this event will take care of everyone who needs it, and it encourages the clinical staff by letting them know how much we care.”
On behalf of the Foundation for KCH, Lori Wilkes also praised the cooperative spirit of everyone involved: “We are very thankful for the initiative of the Go Pink group. It is an event that brings people together for a great cause. I love the history of the event, and the passion of the women who organized it. We encourage everyone to get involved to see how you can help.”
The next Go Pink for a Cure event is already scheduled for June 21, 2019, at the Mount Vernon Country Club. For more information, contact Barbara Barry at 740-398-7862.