Since 2009, the River Landing Golf Association for Ladies (RLGALS) has supported breast cancer research at UNC Lineberger through their annual “Swing for the Cure” golf tournament at River Landing in Wallace, NC. Although their fundraising for breast cancer research began in 2004, they shifted their support from a national organization to UNC Lineberger as a result of the exceptional care former RLGALs chair, Kathy Lord, witnessed when her husband was treated at UNC.
“We were so impressed by Kathy’s comments,” said RLGALS chair Judy Sayko. “As a result, a number of us toured the N.C. Cancer Hospital and learned more about the advances being made in breast cancer research and treatment. We shared this experience with the other members and recognized the importance of focusing our efforts on UNC Lineberger, with 100 percent of the funds supporting research.”
The RLGALS have worked hard to make their fundraising golf tournament unlike any other, even including a helicopter ball drop raffle as an element in Swing for the Cure.
In their five years of giving, the group has raised almost $40,000 for UNC Lineberger, and they show no signs of slowing down. This year, the RLGALS have increased their commitment to UNC Lineberger by funding a seed grant to fund novel breast cancer research projects. Judy explained, “Funding a seed grant was an easy decision for us. We want to make a real and lasting impact in breast cancer research and we like that multiple projects will be supported through our fund.”