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Polo golfers donate $7,600 to Northside Breast Care Center
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Left to right: Laura Palmore, Polo Ladies Golf Association; Dori Shepherd, supervisor at Northside Hospital-Forsyth Breast Care Center; Northside mammography technologists Kim Smith, Kande Bryan, Marianne Davis and Wanda Chalkley; Merle Myers, Polo Ladies Golf Association; Cheri Vlha, mammography technologist; Monika Tataria, radiologist; Christine Herring, Polo Ladies Gold Association. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

Breast cancer awareness is often centered in the public eye during its annual designated month in October, but once the month is over we tend to move on to the next cause. But some results may take longer to make an impact.

Women from the Polo Saturday Ladies Golf Association in Cumming recently presented the Northside Hospital-Forsyth Breast Care center with more than $7,684 that was collected from a fundraiser the group sponsored during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The money will be used to support education and services for patients through the center, according to a Northside media release. The group also donated gift certificates, a makeup kit and a bath basket to be given to patients currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer at Northside.

“Charitable causes and golf seem to go together,” said Laura Palmore of the golf association.

She said the community response was “positive and generous,” and that the ladies wanted to support a good cause. They started small, the release said, reaching out to local residents, community merchants and the Polo Men’s golf association.

The Northside Hospital Foundation, a nonprofit that supports health initiatives at Northside by funding patient support, screenings, education, research and state-of-the-art technology in the local community, received the donations.

“This money will go a long way toward providing expanded services and better care for our patients,” said Lisa Gilman-Lowery, radiology operations manager at Northside Hospital-Forsyth.