The month of October is an important one for women’s health. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is when all women are encouraged to schedule annual mammograms. Locally, it is the Sulphur Springs Ladies Golf Association’s annual fundraising tournament, with proceeds going to Hopkins County Health Care Foundation’s In My Closet.
This year’s well-attended tournament and luncheon was on October 25 at the Sulphur Springs Country Club. Participants showed off their favorite shades of pink while playing a windy game of golf. Through the generous support of players and friends, the SSLGA raised almost $6,500.
The Foundation will use the funds to assist women who are undergoing breast cancer treatment. The In My Closet program provides free wigs, prosthetics, mastectomy bras, and other related items to Hopkins County women who need these resources.
Funds raised will assist with purchasing supplies for the In My Closet program. Mastectomy bras run anywhere from $50 to $75 each. Prosthetics range from $220 to $530 each. And wigs run around $150 to $300, which does not include the supplies required to maintain a wig. The local need for these resources is dramatically increasing.
In My Closet was established in 2016 and has been a source not only for supplies for women going through breast cancer but also for encouragement. If requested, a breast cancer survivor will meet with the In My Closet user to help answer a woman’s questions and provide a word of hope.
The Foundation is an IRS-designated 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that aims to improve healthcare in Hopkins County. It was founded in 1996 by local community leaders, and a board of Hopkins County volunteers still leads it.