About Us

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The Pink Ribbon Golf Classic is an all volunteer, non-profit group of events that was created to raise funds for local breast cancer research and related services at Baptist Medical Center Beaches and Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville. We operate as a 501(c)(3) under the Baptist Health Foundation umbrella. To date, over $1,750,000 has been raised and donated. As volunteers, we are working to support both of these fine institutions with a goal of raising at least $150,000 in 2019.

Contributions to Baptist Medical Center Beaches over the years have helped purchase state-of-the-art equipment and specifically assisted with the following:

• Purchasing a SenoClaire breast tomosynthesis with three-dimensional imaging technology.
• Purchasing bi-directional dopplers that repair cells damaged by radiation during breast reconstruction.
• Purchasing an x-ray pathology unit, known as a Faxitron, that results in even faster and more accurate diagnoses.
• Purchasing a digital mammography unit that helps diagnose breast cancer earlier and with greater accuracy.
• Hiring of a Breast Cancer Care Coordinator, who supports patients with every aspect of treatment to include life as a breast cancer survivor.
• Underwriting an educational forum on the hereditary risk of breast and ovarian cancers, the connection between these cancers, and the ensuing discovery of the BRCA 1 & 2 genes.
• Establishing the Support & Survivorship Program at Hill Breast Center that offers everything from yoga to cooking classes, seminars and other services enhancing patients’ lives during and after treatment.
• Purchasing new mammography/MRI gowns.
• Helping cover medical costs incurred by breast cancer patients, who are not covered by health insurance.
• Establishing an endowment to provide a consistent source of funds to support breast cancer related needs.

In regards to Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville, contributions made by The Pink Ribbon Golf Classic over the past ten years have principally supported pioneering research. Highlights of our contributions include the following:

• Supporting the Breast Cancer Genome Guided Therapy Study (BEAUTY). BEAUTY is a ground-breaking, national genetic clinical trial designed to help researchers and physicians better understand the role genetics play in breast cancer treatment so that they can develop more personalized therapies for breast cancer patients now and in the future.
• Supporting the research of Sarah A. McLaughlin, M.D., who is attempting to identify factors that put women at risk of lymphedema, as there has been little advancement in this area. This knowledge would help women not only understand their own risk of lymphedema, but aid in the development of novel treatments to help prevent it.
• Supporting the breast cancer research of Edith A. Perez, M.D., E. Aubrey Thompson, Ph.D., and their team in the Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Program. This renowned team has developed an analytical infrastructure that has positioned Mayo Clinic as one of the global leaders in breast cancer genomics.
• Purchasing a biopsy system that is used in conjunction with the digital breast tomosynthesis (often referred to as a tomo or DBT). This integral piece of equipment gives radiologists the ability to locate and accurately target regions of interest for biopsy, resulting in a seamless, streamlined procedure.

Administrators at both Baptist Medical Center Beaches and Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville have emphasized the importance of this financial support. This type of local commitment helps them attract and retain medical talent. In the words of Dr. McLaughlin from the Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville, “Being part of Mayo Clinic facilitates unique opportunities to interact with patients, identify a clinical question that is relevant to patient care, and act……in a timely, meaningful way. Through the support of benefactor funds, it allows us to consistently and steadily work toward a solution..…it allows immediate application of our work, which is very satisfying to many patients and a primary reason they seek our care.”