Women’s golf tournament on Oct. 7 will raise funds to defeat breast cancer
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American Cancer Society Pink Ribbon Golf Classic co-chairpersons and some of this year's honorary Cancer Survivors gathered to promote this year’s event, which will take place at the Marietta City Club course on Oct. 7. From left, honorees Judge Adele Grubbs, former State Rep. Judy Manning, co-chairs Judy Humphries and Paige Pushkin, honorees Suzy Waltz, Traci Hildreth and Dr. Ralph Bell. <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
American Cancer Society Pink Ribbon Golf Classic co-chairpersons and some of this year's honorary Cancer Survivors gathered to promote this year’s event, which will take place at the Marietta City Club course on Oct. 7. From left, honorees Judge Adele Grubbs, former State Rep. Judy Manning, co-chairs Judy Humphries and Paige Pushkin, honorees Suzy Waltz, Traci Hildreth and Dr. Ralph Bell.
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The American Cancer Society is gearing up for its annual women’s golf tournament. The Pink Ribbon Golf Classic will be conducted on Oct. 7 at the City Club Marietta Golf Course.

“We are raising awareness. We’re raising money,” said Committee Chair Paige Pushkin.

Sponsorships are available for the tournament. The cost is $150 for individual and $600 for team and includes green fees, breakfast and boxed lunch, 19th hole after event, refreshments, snacks and complimentary gifts. Luminary donations in honor or memory of a loved one who has or has had breast cancer are accepted. For more information, visit www.pinkribbongolf.org.

Male caddies are also needed. If interested, email babeatkinsbyrne@gmail.com.

The event focuses on raising awareness and finding a cure for breast cancer.

“I don’t know anybody who doesn’t know somebody who has been touched by breast cancer,” said Pushkin who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 at age 37. She was diagnosed again in 2012.

“(The event) is important because we’re doing this in Cobb County and the money raised stays in Cobb County,” she said.

According to the American Cancer Society website, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8, or 12 percent, women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2013 about 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women; about 64,640 new cases of carcinoma in situ will be diagnosed (carcinoma in situ is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer); and about 39,620 women will die from breast cancer.

Though 100 times less common in men than women, breast cancer affects men as well. For 2013, the ACS estimates that about 2,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among men and about 410 men will die from breast cancer.

“We need to find the reason why we are getting breast cancer,” said Pushkin, a Marietta resident who works as a fundraiser for Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta.

As part of the golf tournament, 15 diverse breast cancer survivor honorees of all ages and sexes will be recognized in celebration of the tournament’s 15th year. They are: Dr. Ralph Bell of Marietta, Lynn Dunn of Smyrna, Dawn Ford, Holly Gilbert of Woodstock, Judge Adele Grubbs of Marietta, Sharon Herndon of Marietta, Traci Hildreth of Marietta, Cynthia Krantz of Peachtree City, Judy Manning of Marietta, Susan Pearson of Kennesaw, Tracey Reed of Smyrna, Kim Rowan of Smyrna, Pam Searan of Marietta, Suzy Walz of Kennesaw, and Carol Zupancic of Smyrna.

The event is a fun way to support an important cause.

“We don’t take ourselves too seriously. Some of the women are really good. Some of us just like to play somewhat. Others just come out for the tournament. We make it a good time,” Pushkin said.

The golf course is at 510 Powder Springs St. SE.

For more information, call Jessica Storey at ACS at (770) 429-1624 ext. 29049 or jessica.storey@cancer.org or visit www.pinkribbongolf.org.

For more information about breast cancer, visit cancer.org.

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