League golfed ‘fore’ a cause
STEUBENVILLE — With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, representatives of the Spring Hills Golf League headed recently to the Tony Teramana Cancer Center to make a special presentation to its T.E.A.R. Fund and the Trinity Foundation.
League representatives donated a check for $2,585 to the T.E.A.R. Fund, an acronym for Trinity Emergency Assistance Relief. The amount represented proceeds from the league’s invitational championship held in August at Spring Hills Golf Course in East Springfield.
The presentation involved league members Judy Galbraith, Mary Alice Meyer, Tammy Cox, Vickie Grant and Linda Caputo in addition to Dr. John Hyland of the cancer center; Catherine Poludniak, Trinity Foundation manager; and Marsha Lewis, oncology clerk.
Debbie Phillipi serves as league president.
The donations have becone a tradition for the league, which has given close to $10,000 over the course of five years, thanks to proceeds from the invitiationals.
Dr. John Hyland of the cancer center said donations to the T.E.A.R. fund are greatly appreciated and needed.
“The T.E.A.R. Fund is an enormous help to all of our patients in need,” Hyland said after the presentation.
“Basic things like getting here to get treatment is a huge barrier for some people, and the T.E.A.R. Fund really lets us take care of basic needs so they can attend to the more important needs of managing their care and getting in for the treatments, so it’s been a great and invaluable resource for cancer patients in the community,” Hyland said.
The donations are as important as raising awareness, according to Galbraith, a seven-year cancer survivor. She said the league has as many as eight cancer survivors.
“I am a seven-year survivor and I feel that it’s important to have yearly exams and to spread the word of what we have available to us for cancer prevention and early detection and screening,” Galbraith said.
While the invitational is fun, it’s also meaningful in that it generates funds for a worthy case, she agreed.
And the support of not just players, but also sponsors is a blessing.
“The sponsors that we get seem to feel this is a very good cause, too, so it does generate a lot of support through the area,” she said.
The league’s decision to make the donations is an easy one.
“We brought it up to the membership, and we put it up for a vote, and as we said there were seven or eight of our league members who are cancer survivors. They felt it was important,” she said.
Meyer, a 30-year survivor, agreed, encouraging screenings and diligence in the process.