Golf Canada's Golf Fore The Cure – One Round Can Make The Difference

The Canadian Cancer Society is proud to be the charity of choice for Golf Fore the Cure – the signature charity event of Golf Canada’s Sport Development Division. In 2009, women across the country hit the links in their local communities raising more than $644,000 for breast cancer research and support for women living with the disease.

The key to Golf Fore the Cure’s success is the tremendous commitment of volunteers in local communities who organize and host the events each year. It takes personal dedication, time and energy to organize a Golf Fore the Cure event, and many event organizers are motivated by personal reasons to get involved.

Lisa MacDonald, event coordinator at Caledon Woods in Bolton, Ontario, organized an incredibly successful first year event in 2009. Motivated by her own personal experience with cancer – the loss of her 19-year-old daughter – Lisa was passionate and dedicated coordinator who helped this event raise more than $17,000.

"We held our Golf Fore the Cure tournament in honour of two of our club members who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. We felt inspired to do everything we can to help find a cure so no one else has to suffer this tragic loss," explains Lisa. "The response from the ladies at our club as well as the local community was a reflection of the impact of this disease and our desire to help make a real difference."

Since 2004, Golf Fore the Cure has harnessed the sheer power of women playing the game of golf to enable thousands of women to fight back against breast cancer. This remarkable series of events has raised more than $1.7 million to date for the Society. Thanks to each participant, volunteer and donor who continues to make this program a success, research and support funded by the Society have resulted in steadily declining mortality rates and improved treatments and quality of life for women with breast cancer.