Val Skinner Foundation

LIFE Event

The LIFE Event mission is to continue to help eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease...Read more »

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is the state's first and only National Cancer...Read more »

A visionary group of breast cancer advocates, experts and educators join forces to support the study of cancer in the classroom with a deeply engaging program created for high school students, parents, and teachers...Read more »

The 29th Annual Steven A. Cox Charity Classic

Monday, October 1, 2018
Join friends, family, and some special guests as we gather to benefit...Read more »

The 13th Annual Atlantic City Electric Golf Classic

Monday, September 17, 2018
Join us at the 13th Annual Atlantic City Electric Golf Classic at Galloway National Golf Club... Read more »


A Message from Val - Welcome to the Val Skinner Foundation
19th Annual LIFE Event
June 11, 2018
Mountain Ridge Country Club
West Caldwell, N.J.

When my friend and fellow professional golfer, Heather Farr, was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was a shock to her family, friends and the world of professional golf. Women are not supposed to get breast cancer at age 24, and they are not supposed to die at 28. Her death meant there needed to be a stronger message sent to caution young women about the disease.

After much time investigating and identifying the appropriate way to raise awareness among young women in our country, the Val Skinner Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey worked together to co-conceptualize the young women's initiative, a multifaceted approach to educating young women as well as healthcare providers regarding breast cancer risks and early breast cancer detection.

On June 11, 2018 we will stage the 19th annual LIFE Event. I'm tremendously proud of what has been accomplished with friends of the Val Skinner Foundation and our benefactors. We have raised more than $11.5 million for scientific research, launched early-detection programs and provided clinical support for those affected by breast cancer.

I am also reminded of our LIFE heroes, the annual honorees who have shared their stories of perseverance in battling breast cancer, and how each found a way to give back to others in the same situation. I think of Heather every day and know she is cheering us on to stay the course for several of our LIFE heroes and many others still struggling to survive. We can’t forget what happened to her and her memory is why we continue the fight.

There is more work to do, which is why we turn towards the 18th Life Event with tremendous gratitude for those who have helped us in the fight and unending hope that the women of future generations won’t have to fight at all.