Thank you to our 2016 Pink Ribbon Golf Classic Honorees!
These three extraordinary women inspire us with their stories and encourage us to join the fight against breast cancer! Take a moment to read more about each of these beautiful ladies & consider making a donation in their honor.
Special thank you to Sally Litchfield at the Marietta Daily Journal for capturing the stories of our honorees so beautifully!
Pictured Left to Right: Susan Hampton, Gail Elizabeth Cobb, Kathy Kuruc
Gail Elizabeth Cobb
Gail Elizabeth pictured with her dear friends left to right: Meg Hartin, Brenda Lyle, Gail Elizabeth Cobb, Cathy Brown, Linda Beggs, Jo-Evelyn Morris
In April 2015, Marietta resident Gail Elizabeth Cobb was diagnosed with breast cancer, after being diagnosed with endometrial cancer in 2003. Because of her medical history of family members with cancer, the “diagnosis was not a shock.” Her aggressive treatment included chemotherapy and radiation and a double mastectomy.
Cobb understands the importance of this event. “The Pink Ribbon Golf tournament provides a fun event for the community while raising awareness of breast cancer which touches so many people — not only women but, also, men and their families,” Cobb said.
She also understands the importance of the American Cancer Society who provided invaluable information such as managing the impact and side effects of treatments. “Having the resource information provided by the ACS is so important to patients who are faced with many questions and decisions to be made during a very trying time in their lives,” Cobb said.
Community support and awareness is critical in the fight against cancer. “Supporting one another and raising awareness not only of breast cancer in women but, also, the importance of screenings for men is key to a healthy community,” Cobb said.
Cobb’s biggest lesson from having cancer is the sense of gratitude she has to her medical team, friends and family who supported her and her community that leads the fight against cancer. “I am so grateful to all those who helped me and continue to help others with the fight,” Cobb said. Gail Elizabeth resides in Marietta and is a decorative artist and owner of Lily LaDora Designs.
Susan Hampton pictured with her son, Rob Hampton, and fellow honoree, Kathy Kuruc
East Cobb resident Susan Hampton experienced breast cancer in 2001 that reoccurred in 2015, requiring a double mastectomy. Due to complications from the mastectomy, she endured six additional surgeries in 12 months. She will have a second reconstruction surgery in the future.
Despite the obstacles, Hampton is optimistic. “My life before cancer was filled with adventure, excitement, hope and love. My life today — still filled with adventure, excitement, hope and love. My will, determination and faith are stronger than ever. I will never let cancer define me,” Hampton said. She is employed by Fidelity Bank, as Vice President and Regional Manager. She was married to the late Donnie Hampton. They have one grown son, Rob Hampton.
“Events like the Pink Ribbon Golf Classic bring women and men together to celebrate hope and support for cancer research through laughter and fun,” said Hampton who was exposed to breast cancer long before she developed it.“My mother had breast cancer and lost her battle at the age of 50. My brother is battling cancer that also started in his breast,” she said.
Hampton is thankful for the work of the ACS. “I am grateful to so many who have given their time and money to ACS in the hopes of eliminating cancer. Over the years, discoveries in cancer research — which is largely funded by the ACS — has allowed me many options my mother didn’t have in the early ’80s,” she said. “Almost everyone is affected by cancer through a family member, friend, co-worker or themselves. Coming together as a community provides compassion, support and brings awareness to the need to find a cure,” Hampton said.
Kathy Kuruc pictured 3rd from left sinking a putt with fellow honorees Gail Elizabeth Cobb & Susan Hampton as head Golf Professional at the Marietta City Club, David Fore gives some pointers!
In January 2013, east Cobb resident Kathy Kuruc was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer.
“My cancer journey took 2 ½ years to complete and I feel healthy once again,” said Kuruc, who is married to Tom Kuruc. She works at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in the new Cancer Center as the guest relations representative. She formerly owned RHS Interiors for 20 years working in residential and commercial interior design.
Kuruc said events like the golf tournament are important because of the money raised for research and to support the needs of cancer patients. The tournament also raises awareness. According to the American Cancer Society website cancer.org, “About 1 in 8 (12 percent) women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.”
“We have one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the world. Younger and younger women are being diagnosed each day with breast cancer. My doctors are working with women in their teens and twenties, often with very aggressive forms of breast cancer. Breast cancer is no longer an older women’s disease. We need a cure for breast cancer is the bottom line,” Kuruc said.
“It means so much to know that other people are stepping up to help raise funds and awareness of breast cancer,” she said.
“The community should support events like this because almost every one of us have a family member or friend who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The rate of breast cancer in the U. S. is one of the highest in the world and these diagnoses are happening to younger and younger women (teens, twenties and thirties). We need to save our mothers, sisters, daughters and friends,” Kuruc said.
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