Rallying for a cure

Local tournament raises money for breast cancer research

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Golfer Linda Danter wasn't sure what she wanted to do, but she knew she wanted to make a difference.

"I came out and played golf every week with the ladies," Danter said. "So at one of our meetings, I asked them, 'What do we do that is meaningful?'"

What: Rally for a Cure Golf Tournament

When: July 18

Where: Sheraton Steamboat Golf Resort

Cost: $90 for non-Sheraton members, which includes a donation, greens fee, cart, and lunch.

Format: Four-person scramble. Players can sign up for women's, men's or mixed divisions. There is room for up to 144 players.

Start: 8 a.m. shotgun (sold out) and 1 p.m. shotgun.

For more information call the Steamboat Sheraton at 879-1391.

She didn't get the answer she wanted that day, but a few weeks later, she came across a Rally for a Cure advertisement while flipping through the pages of a popular women's golf magazine and realized her quest.

That summer, Dan--------ter organized and hosted the first Rally for a Cure Golf Tournament at the nine-hole Steam--boat Golf Club. The event drew 40 golfers, mostly from the local women's club, and raised $1,121 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

"I was really happy with it," Danter said. "But then I lost my mind and decided I was going to try to double that amount every year."

The tournament's modest start didn't stop it from growing, and now, seven years later, the tournament has become a substantial fundraiser not only for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, but also for the locally run Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project.

In 2005 the tournament was moved to the lager, 18-hole Sheraton Steamboat Golf Resort, and for the first time in the event's history, men were allowed to play. As a result, the event raised more than $20,000 and brought the six-year total to $43,781.

This year's tournament is July 18 at the Steamboat Sheraton. The cost is $90 for non-Sheraton members.

There will be two groups this season. One group will tee off at 8 a.m., and a second group will tee off at 1 p.m. The tournament lunch will be held between rounds. There is also a silent auction and drawings as part of the event. Players may sign up individually or as a team by calling the Steamboat Sheraton at 879-1391.

The money, which was raised from entry fees, donations and hole sponsors, was split equally between the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness project.

They Yampa Valley Breast Awareness Project is part of Northwest Colorado Aid and Support, a group that has been helping patients deal with the financial and emotional pressures of cancer since 1982.

"We fill the gaps that insurance doesn't," said Jan Fritz, director of Northwest Colorado Aid and Support, which oversees the awareness project.

The group pays for different costs, including mammograms and hotel rooms, for patients who have to travel to Denver.

The golf tournament, and the Bust of Steamboat event in October, support the cancer group. Fritz said other golf tournaments have supported the cancer group throughout the years but that she was thrilled when the Rally decided to help locally last year.

"It's a great event for us," Fritz said. "Linda is just so full of energy and compassion. It's great for our programs and helps raise awareness in the community."

Danter thinks the event's success has a lot to do with the wide reach of cancer.

"We all know someone who has been touched by breast cancer," Danter said. "That list is growing every year."

The importance of the tournament came full circle for Danter this year, when she learned that a longtime participant recently had undergone a mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer. The woman's goal this year was to take part in the Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament. The woman received a check from the Yampa Valley Breast Awareness Project that covered part of her medical costs.

"It makes me want to cry," Danter said. "I'm just so happy that some of this money helps local women. That's why this tournament is worth the effort."

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