Cancer has hit my immediate family twice. At the age of 13, my sister battled Thyroid Cancer. 2 surgeries (and radioactive iodine) later and with a terrific team of doctors and friends lending advice, she battled through. Lisa is now 37 and is an attorney in Los Angeles.
Cancer struck our family by surprise this year. My Mom, Bette Lichtenstein, was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer this October. Pretty shocking for a 12-handicap golfer who is in terrific shape and doesn’t smoke or drink. Mom has been undergoing simultaneous Proton Radiation Therapy (this $150 million piece of equipment only goes to the damaged cancer cells, therefore drastically limiting the side effects), along with Chemotherapy. She is doing remarkably well with an incredibly positive attitude. She looks at her radiation and chemo as her ‘friend’ and the whole process as battling a difficult golf course.
Women’s Cancer Awareness Day is actually a 3-day event that involves Golf, Tennis, Croquet, 5k Cancer Cure Walk/Run, Bridge, Table Games, and a Luncheon with cocktail party.
In a few short years, more than $390,000 has been raised to support this important oncology program which provides access to more than 50 cooperative group clinical trials. The treatment trials involve the use of novel therapies and the cancer patients are followed for life to assess the results for future treatment intervention. In the case of my Mom, they are trying to figure out where the cancer came from. She had radiation treatment to treat tonsils as a baby and perhaps that is where it came from. Only clinical trials give us the answers, which is why this charity is so important.
The event hosted at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens has attracted over 450 women, many of them cancer survivors living in the Northern Palm Beaches. The golf event is phenomenal. It’s played on 3 separate courses and everyone can get involved. Take a look at some photos from the 2010 event. It’s a complete blast and a fabulous way to meet people and spend a day.
• February 5th, 2011
Pre-Event, including Tennis, Croquet, 5K Cancer Cure Walk/Run
• February 8th, 2011
Cocktail Party & Auctions
• February 10th, 2011
Golf, Bridge, Mahjong and other Table Games, Raffle Drawings, Tournament Awards Luncheon, Bobbie Brown Makeovers
If you are interested in being involved in the event for these fun days, please contact Elaine Solomon. One can sponsor a flag or green tee for as little as $100! Luncheon is just $55! The 5K Cancer Walk Run is only $20!
Auction items are also needed.
Elaine can be contacted directly on her cell at (561) 317-9121. Her home number is (561) 694-6151.
The website for Jupiter Medical Center is at www.jmcfoundation.org. All proceeds benefit Jupiter Medical Center’s Ella Milbank Foshay Cancer Center and the Daniel C. Searle Clinical Research Trials Access Program.