Play Pink for the DCH Breast Cancer Fund

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By Tori Linville


The DCH Foundation will host its three PINK events to raise awareness for breast cancer, with all proceeds benefiting The DCH Foundation’s Breast Cancer Fund. There are several opportunities to get involved in this week's fun activities.


To kick off the fundraising festivities, the foundation will host its Day on the Courts Ladies Tennis event this Tuesday, Oct. 13. A Nite on the Green and The DCH Foundation Golf Classic will follow, on Thursday, Oct. 15 and Friday, Oct. 16, respectively. Each event will be held at the Indian Hills Country Club.


Former Alabama Gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson was key in helping make the breast cancer fund a reality. Casey Johnson, the foundation’s director of development, said it was then that the breast cancer awareness events began to form.


“Back in 2004, The DCH Foundation was approached by Sarah Patterson to help uninsured and underinsured women with assistance in getting mammograms and needs associated with diagnosis and treatment,” Johnson said. “Because of her own struggle to get a clear mammogram, she had encountered many women who had shared their struggles while sitting together in doctors’ waiting rooms. Coach Patterson knew that together, we could put together a program to make a difference in the lives of women in need in our community.”


The “Day on the Courts” was added four years ago to the event lineup, providing a tennis mixer that allows for breakfast, doubles play, lunch, gifts for players and prizes for winners, Johnson said.


“A Nite on the Green” includes music by Fast Lane Melvin, a band formed by Luke Standeffer, Scott Donaldson, Bob Falls, Stuart Falls and John Voltz. While the events make fun a priority, they also serve to create a better quality of life for breast cancer patients and their families, Johnson said.


“Participation ensures uninsured women in our community will have the opportunity to have proper mammograms, further testing if needed, and wigs, prostheses and more if they are diagnosed with breast cancer,” she said.


For more information on how to get involved, call The DCH Foundation at (205)-759-7349 or visit to book a team or to purchase tickets.


“The color pink is known everywhere as the ‘color’ for breast cancer awareness,” Johnson said. “The important thing is not the actual color, but the faces behind it. Far too many women (and men) are being diagnosed with breast cancer. Early detection is so important. Treated early, they are living longer, happy, healthy lives.”


Photo: The DCH Foundation


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