When my friend and fellow professional golfer, Heather Farr, was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was a shock to us all. Twenty-four year old women are not supposed to get breast cancer. And they are not supposed to die at twenty-eight. This 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 respond and educate 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 which involves a multifaceted approach to educating young women as well as healthcare providers regarding awareness, breast cancer risks and early breast cancer detection.
I am grateful today as we stand together with the friends of the foundation; together we have raised more than $8.5 million in the fight against breast cancer.