Breast cancer is no exception, with the advent of mammography machines contributing to the early detection of cancer and the always-important early treatment that leads to best outcomes.
Those machines have evolved and improved immensely along with the rest of medical imaging technology. New state-of-the-art digital mammography machines can find the disease at stages far earlier than the past, creating treatment options that can eradicate cancer before it has a chance to do lasting damage.
What does that have to do with the Hillcrest Golf Club Charity Tournament coming up on Thursday, June 13?
The annual Moose Jaw Health Foundation event will be raising funds to purchase a next-generation digital mammography machine for the F.W. Wigmore Regional Hospital, part of the organization’s ongoing Mammography Matters campaign.
“All we ask is a minimum $20 donation to the Moose Jaw Health Foundation,” said tournament organizer Jean Kempel. “We take all kinds of donations, too, even if they don’t want to golf but want to donate, that’s fine. Every little bit helps.”
The event – which is sponsored by the Hillcrest Ladies 18-Hole Club and Senior Men’s League -- will feature an 8 a.m. shotgun start, with every dollar raised staying in Moose Jaw and going to the MJHF.
“The Moose Jaw Health Foundation is committed to reducing the incidence of breast cancer, and reducing the mortality from cancer in our community – early detection is key,” said Foundation volunteer chairman James Murdock in a press release. “The new mammography equipment is truly the next great advancement in digital imaging to help detect breast cancer (with) enhanced digital imaging, and provides more comfort to the patient during an examination. The Foundation board and the medical staff at the hospital greatly appreciate every dollar raised at the tournament.”
Around 80 golfers are expected, with around $2,000 raised annually through the tournament’s 16 years.
Participants can enter as a team or individual, with green fees applicable to non-Hillcrest members. Contact the Hillcrest pro shop at 306-693-1921 or Kempel at 306-692-7622 or 306-631-9843 in order to enter.