Kerr helps fight battle against breast cancer

Cristie Kerr during the LPGA Safeway Classic.

Cristie Kerr during the LPGA Safeway Classic.

There is a lot of pink-colored attire popping up on the LPGA and PGA tours. It adds a colorful twist to the fairways, but there is also a powerful message behind the garb – breast cancer awareness.

Some of golf’s most popular players have been affected by this disease over the past few years. Players such as Darren Clarke, who lost his wife, Heather, to the disease in 2006, and Phil Mickelson’s wife, Amy, who battled through chemotherapy last year.

Some players take action and fight back against the disease. Cristie Kerr’s mother, Linda, was diagnosed with the disease in 2003, and now can proudly say she is a breast-cancer survivor. Kerr has raised more than $650,000 through her Birdies for Breast Cancer Charity and hasn’t stopped there.

Last Thursday, Kerr, a 14-time LPGA champion and fashionista extraordinaire who holds the No. 2 spot in the Rolex Rankings, hosted the Birdies for Breast Cancer Celebrity Golf Classic at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J. The event raised money for the newly opened Cristie Kerr Women’s Health Center in Hudson County. The center provides digital mammography screening for both insured and uninsured patients.

Kerr wants to make sure everyone gets the opportunity to fight back before it’s too late.

So sport your pinks loud and proud. Tour players are fighting this disease – one pink outfit at a time.

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