Charity event raises money, awareness for breast cancer
Updated: May 20, 2008, 6:13 PM ETBy Ron Sirak | Golf World
PARAMUS, N.J. - The bone-chilling gusts that topped 30 mph made the Monday-morning mercury that never climbed out of the 40s feel even colder.
Steel-gray skies shrouded Ridgewood Country Club with an ominous canopy that at one point pelted sleet upon the 30 LPGA players sacrificing a day off for charity. The cold, however, did nothing to temper the warm hearts and generous intentions of those rallying to raise funds to fight breast cancer, a disease all LPGA players have known someone battle, both successfully and not, and a disease whose threat they all live under. The LIFE Event - LPGA Pros in the Fight to Eradicate Breast Cancer - has become one of the best-attended charity events in women's golf. Each year since 2000, Val Skinner, the former pro and current TV commentator, has produced an impressive turnout of players like the one that gathered Monday at Ridgewood. From Hall-of-Famers Beth Daniel and Karrie Webb to Lorena Ochoa, the top-ranked player in the Rolex ranking to rookie Liz Janangelo, the participants covered the broad demographic of the LPGA, with nine nations represented, united around the undeniable thing they all have in common: They stand a one-in-nine chance of contracting a disease that will kill more than 40,080 women in the United States this year.
Scott Halleran/Getty ImagesRankin on fighting cancer: "I can tell you this: You are going to feel good again. You are going to feel yourself again."
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