In 2008 the Val Skinner Foundation’s passionate fight against breast cancer included a second LIFE Series event at the renowned Haig Point Golf Club on Daufuskie Island in Hilton Head, South Carolina on Sept. 22. The event, LIFE in the South, generated more than $500,000 for event beneficiaries and for breast cancer programs in South Carolina.
The first annual LIFE in the South event featured LPGA Hall of Fame members, Nancy Lopez and Beth Daniel, with two-time U.S. Open Champion Meg Mallon, and top-ranked LPGA pros Brittany Lincicome, Rachel Hetherington, Sherri Steinhauer, Helen Alfredsson, Kelli Kuehne, Laura Diaz and Stacy Prammanasudh, among others. The event also included WTA (Women's Tennis Association) Pros, Gigi Fernandez and Kathy Rinaldi
Proceeds from LIFE in the South will be distributed in South Carolina through educational and awareness programs focused on young women. Some donations from LIFE in the South will fund the implementation of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey’s Bioconnect program, a high school biology curriculum that teaches genetics using breast cancer as its focus. In the eight-lesson curriculum students learn how cancer develops, how to identify risk factors, and how to investigate ways to reduce cancer risk. Teachers from participating South Carolina high schools will be trained to teach this program.
Also funded by LIFE in the South, Susan G. Komen for the Cure will bring its Komen On The Go™ mobile tour, of which LIFE is a founding sponsor, to South Carolina and southeast Georgia colleges and universities. The national tour visits hundreds of college campuses and community events throughout the United States, encouraging women to learn more about breast health and make a commitment to practical everyday health habits that could save their lives.
After golf, participants attended a reception at which beneficiaries and LIFE Hero, Jenny Sheppard were honored.
The funds raised by LIFE in the South with the LIFE Event’s $500,000 donation totaled the first annual $1 million LIFE donation for the fight to eradicate breast cancer.