June 11, 2012 - WEST CALDWELL, NJ - Paula Creamer, Karrie Webb, Lexi Thompson, Yani Tseng, Stacy Lewis and other top LPGA Tour players gathered today at Mountain Ridge Country Club in New Jersey for the 13th annual LIFE (LPGA Pros in the Fight to Eradicate Breast Cancer) tournament hosted by Val Skinner (www.valskinnerfoundation.org). The event raised more than $500,000, bringing the total raised to nearly $8 million.
LPGA veteran and Golf Channel analyst Skinner founded LIFE in 2000 in honor of fellow LPGA player Heather Farr, who died of breast cancer in 1993 at 28. LIFE benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure and The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), a national cancer institute-designated comprehensive cancer center located in New Brunswick, N.J.
"Thanks to the support of LPGA players and LIFE partners, we've helped develop programs to assist young women," said Skinner. "The Komen on the Go mobile educational tour reaches college students across the country while the BioCONNECT program developed through CINJ is ready to extend outside of New Jersey and South Carolina to be part of high school science curriculum nationwide."
As always, LIFE attracted a field of top LPGA players. "Many of us come back to play in Val's event year-after-year. It's amazing to be a part of something that has such great impact on women. LIFE is one of the most moving, emotional events I look forward to each year," said Karrie Webb, who has played in 12 of the 13 LIFE Events.
Each year, Skinner recognizes and honors LIFE Heroes who have demonstrated courage in the face of breast cancer and/or purpose to fight the disease. 2012 Heroes were Be Bright Pink founder Lindsay Avner and singer/motivational speaker Nikia Hammonds-Blakely.
In 2005, Avner was the youngest patient nationally to opt to have a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy. Her organization focuses on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. Hammonds-Blakely survived breast cancer at 16 and is now a singer, songwriter and motivational speaker.
Skinner also awarded the Heather Farr Hero of Courage award to Maureen Sullivan, a young woman currently undergoing breast cancer treatment. "Maureen truly embodies the spirit of Heather and is a hero in every sense of the word," added Skinner.
LIFE enjoys great support from New York and New Jersey businesses and philanthropic individuals. LIFE partners include Amy & Joe Parella, Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC), MARSH, C.R. Bard, EmblemHealth and Genetech. Other notable supporters are Assured Guaranty, The ACE Group, QualCare, Ed Herlihy, Ken Langone, Cox Classic/Steven A. Cox Foundation, Lincoln, Mark Rechesky and Sandler, O'Neil & Partners.