Morgan Pressel's charity event continues to aid battle against breast cancer

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Morgan Pressel's charity event continues to aid battle against breast cancer

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Morgan Pressel's charity event continues to aid battle against breast cancer

Morgan Pressel provides a heavy dose of inspiration at the start of each year with her spectacularly successful Morgan & Friends charity event. This year’s staging raised over $1 million toward the fight against breast cancer, bringing the 11-year total to $7.5 million.

Pressel didn’t rest when it was over. On Tuesday, she headed out to Banyan Golf Club in nearby West Palm Beach and raised another $100,000.

Pressel, 29, started her foundation not long after she became the youngest major winner in tour history at what’s now known as the ANA Inspiration. She relies heavily on the community at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla., where she grew up and now makes her home. 

There’s a center for cancer genetics at the local hospital named after Pressel and more than 12,000 mammogram screenings have been given in the Kathryn Krickstein Pressel MammoVan since 2010. Pressel’s mother, Kathy, is pictured on the side of the van. Kathy died of breast cancer in 2003.

A new MammoVan, complete with 3D machines, cost well over $1 million. Pressel said that became the big push for 2018. While her foundation funds the efforts, the van is owned and staffed by the Boca Raton Regional Hospital. 

This year Pressel honored Lexi Thompson’s mother, Judy, with the Kathryn Krickstein Pressel Award. Judy Thompson, already a breast cancer survivor, was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2017. Pressel played a crucial role in getting Judy in to see a doctor almost immediately. Judy’s husband, Scott, once said he gives Pressel a hug every time he sees her.

The Thompsons are like family to Pressel. Every time she sees Judy, Pressel said, they both fight back tears. She wanted to celebrate Judy’s clean bill of health and honor her fight with this year’s award. Lexi got on stage and talked about how much inspiration she draws from her mom, who considers a best friend.

Morgan Pressel with Judy Thompson and Lexi Thompson. 

“(Judy) reminds me a lot of my mother,” said Pressel, “a dedicated family woman who would do anything for her children.”

The St. Andrews community has grown close with LPGA players who make the trip to Boca Raton each year to support Pressel’s charity event. Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Cristie Kerr, Brooke Henderson, Gerina Piller, So Yeon Ryu and Thompson joined the fun in 2018. 

“They come year after year and donate their time to our cause,” said Pressel. “It’s just really mind-boggling to me, but I appreciate it with all my heart.”

This marked Ryu’s first time at Morgan & Friends. As the two-time major winner was leaving, she told Pressel she’d be back next year.

It’s the best kind of New Year’s tradition.

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