Cristie Kerr and Natalie Gulbis, Jean Chua and Ariya Jutanugarn were onsite at the Sime Darby Medical Centre on Monday to help launch the CARIF Patient Navigation Programme. The program is a decisional aid and an educational tool to support and assist cancer patients. The Programme's primary goal is to unite families as they contemplate surgery procedures including critical medical care options. The goal is ultimately to improve the quality of a patient's life and the survival chances of those suffering from breast cancer in Malaysia.
"Sime Darby is proud to support CARIF in its fight against cancer," said Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman of Sime Darby Berhad and Yayasan Sime Darby. "CARIF is one of our prime beneficiaries and we are excited to work together with them to address the urgency for research that would unravel the complexities of cancer and bring new hope to cancer-touched lives today. I believe this partnership will redefine our response to cancer," he added.
CARIF's tireless fight against the disease, which is the most frequent form of cancer in Malaysia, is a cause close to the hearts of many at the LPGA. Rolex Rankings No. 14 Cristie Kerr is known for her involvement in fundraising for breast cancer research through her "Birdies for Breast Cancer" foundation was happy to bring more awareness to the disease overseas.
"Unfortunately everybody has been touched by cancer at some point in their lives and that only underlines the importance of the need for continued research to find a cure while also providing more support for patients and their families," said Kerr.
Fellow Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia competitors Natalie Gulbis, Paula Creamer, Amanda Blumenherst, Michelle Wie and Scotland's Carly Booth are also making a contribution to CARIF based on their performance in the tournament.
"We will definitely look to do our bit to raise funds and grow support for CARIF this week at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia," said Gulbis. "It's about raising awareness and working together to fight this disease."
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