Parkites tee off against breast cancer |

Parkites tee off against breast cancer

For Park City resident Donna Creighton, early detection may have saved her life twice. Nineteen years ago, she discovered a lump in her breast and was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer. Ten years after that, she was diagnosed again.

Now, the two-time breast cancer survivor helps spread early detection awareness and education. Creighton has worked for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and currently serves as the executive director of Image Reborn, a Park City-based nonprofit that hosts monthly renewal retreats for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Creighton also plays golf with the Park City Ladies’ Nine Hole Golf League, which will host its annual Rally for the Cure event next Tuesday, July 14, at the Park City Municipal Golf Course.

Rally for the Cure, a partner of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is a sport and social program dedicated to spreading awareness in the fight to eradicate breast cancer. Since its inception in 1997, nearly 1.5 million people have participated in the program and helped raise more than $38 million for breast cancer awareness efforts.

The money raised at local events such as Rally for the Cure benefits the Komen Foundation but stays in the community. "It’s a grassroots effort for a universal cause," Creighton explains. Funds raised in Park City come back to locally-based organizations such as Image Reborn. "We benefit greatly from the money that is granted to us from the Susan G. Komen Foundation," she says.

The primary goal of Rally for the Cure is to promote awareness and early detection. "The goal is to get women to have mammograms on a yearly basis and practice self-exams so that early detection becomes much more common," says Creighton. She notes that one in eight women has a lifetime chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer, and that her personal platform has become about reaching out to younger women, many of whom think they are too young to worry about being diagnosed.

The event also gives those who have been diagnosed or have survived breast cancer a chance to come out and support one another. "It offers women the camaraderie of others who have been in the same life situations. It lets them know that they’re not alone and that there are people out there who are just as vested in finding a cure as they are," says Creighton.

Community supporters male or female are invited to join the fight against breast cancer by participating in Rally for the Cure or coming out to watch. To see support on a local level is huge, Creighton says. "It’s a fun event and it’s a great opportunity to get together with other women and show support for a really great cause."

Tee times for Rally for the Cure event begin at 6:30 a.m. and continue throughout the morning. Park City Bread and Bagel will provide breakfast and players and spectators are invited to bid on silent-auction items throughout the day. Auction items include generous donations from the Homestead Resort, Cole Sport, My Time Fitness, Shabu, Riverhorse, Snake Creek Grill, Scanlan Windows to the World, Adolph’s and many other local businesses. Winners will be announced at the evening reception, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Silver Star, 1825 Three Kings Drive.

The entry fee for the tournament is $20 per person in addition to green fees. All players will receive detailed breast cancer awareness materials and goody bags from Komen for the Cure as well as a one-year subscription to a Condé Nast publication. Following the event, refreshments will be provided at the Silver Star for $15.

Golfers may sign up at the Park City Municipal Golf Course or call 615-5800.

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