Ladies to club together for charity and awareness

August 27, 2013 by  

Offering a chance for girls to tee off for an excellent cause, the 2nd annual Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Ladies Golf Tournament and luncheon will be held tomorrow.

The benefit was organized by Kate Berges to raise awareness of the BRCA gene mutation that can be used to diagnose those women at potential risk of developing ovarian or breast cancer. Women who have the gene are at higher risk of developing these cancers than those without.

Last year’s event at the Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club raised more than $14,000 for breast cancer research and it is hoping to raise even more this year. No doubt those who attend will see plenty of flyer and poster printing examples to promote the message.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) which is a national nonprofit committed to fighting ovarian and breast cancer in hereditary forms.

Berges and her three sisters learned they had the gene mutation and took preventive steps, including surgery, to prevent the cancer. During the process, two sisters discovered they were in the early stages of cancer and were successfully treated. If not for the testing, the cancer would probably not have been discovered so early. Unlike many cases, the gene was actually passed down through the sisters’ father’s side of the family.

The country club is located at 294 Pine Orchard Road in Branford, just 15 minutes from East Haven. For more information, call Berges at (203) 444-1234.