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Profits from tennis tournament in Florence given to Susan G. Komen group

May 2, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – The McLeod for Health Florence Open Tennis Tournament presented its 2018 profits – a total of $8,200 – to Susan G. Komen South Carolina on Wednesday morning to help fight breast cancer in the northeastern region of South Carolina.

Rob Hill, city of Florence director of tennis and McLeod for Health Florence Open Tournament director, welcomed guests on behalf of the Tournament Committee. Dr. Amy Murrell, a McLeod breast surgeon, thanked all those involved for their commitment to breast cancer prevention.

Hill also expressed his appreciation to McLeod Health for another successful event benefiting Komen South Carolina and women at risk for breast cancer. He added that over the past five years, the McLeod for Health Florence Open has raised more than $51,000 for Susan G. Komen South Carolina.

Murrell explained why the tournament is near and dear to her heart.

“Every day at McLeod I take care of women with breast cancer, and partnering with the Florence Open and Komen South Carolina allows us to raise awareness and early detection of this disease,” Murrell said. “I also have four daughters that I often play tennis with, so this event brings my two passions together. The tournament provides an opportunity to contribute directly to the health of the women we serve in the region and stress the importance of regular physical activity.”

Susan G. Komen South Carolina executive director Taffy Tamblyn and Lucy Spears, the nonprofit’s director of mission programs, accepted the gift with Mary Jane Weir of Florence. Weir serves on the Komen South Carolina board of directors.

Spears said that over the years Susan G. Komen South Carolina has provided significant funding to Pee Dee area programs, including grants totaling more than $479,000 dollars to support breast-cancer programs and patients at McLeod Health. Among other things, these grants have been used for mammograms, follow-up diagnostic procedures, patient navigation services and survivor support services, including transportation.

“Partnerships and support like this will help us reach our goal to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026,” Spears said.

Murrell also announced that McLeod Health will remain the title sponsor for the 2019 McLeod Open, which will be held Oct. 13-20 at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center, and that Susan G. Komen South Carolina once again will receive the net proceeds. The weeklong USTA Pro Circuit women’s event, now going into its eighth year, draws some of the best young professional players from around the world to compete for $25,000 in prize money and higher rankings.