Why we golf
After my Mom, (Jeanette Hansen), and my Aunt, (Barb Schultz), each passed away from breast cancer, family members in Michigan wanted to do something in memory of them. Many of my family members enjoy golfing and decided to get together in 2000 to celebrate the lives of my Mom and my Aunt. Knowing first hand the need for additional money while women are battling breast cancer, my family started raising funds through an annual golf outing to help ladies in their area. This is how they started the Jeanette Hansen/Barb Schultz Golf Outing in Saginaw, Michigan. Their continued celebration and willingness to help women in their area was the inspiration to form Fore Her.
ALL OVER THE WORLD, WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE AFFECTED DAILY BY BREAST CANCER.
Fore Her is striving to continue the tradition in honor of and in memory of my Mom and my Aunt. Fore Her raises funds to help women locally who are battling breast cancer and are in need of financial assistance. The women who receive help are able to use the money to pay for their mortgage, car, utilities, medical expenses, a well deserved vacation after recovering from treatments, or a last vacation with their families.
My Mom’s Battle with Breast Cancer
Jeanette Hansen, my mom, was the first woman in my life who was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was then that breast cancer became personal, and I learned that it takes more than a family to battle it.
In 1986 my mom was supposed to be celebrating her 40th birthday, instead she was sharing the news with my family that she was diagnosed with Non-Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. Thus began the battle of breast cancer for our family.
Mom had a mastectomy, reconstructive surgery and many rounds of chemotherapy. Following everything the doctors said to do, she was cancer free until 1993. When the cancer recurred, it had metastasized to the bones. My parents traveled to several major hospitals getting second, third, and fourth opinions. In doing so, their savings were depleted not only from the cost of the cancer treatments that insurance didn’t cover, but also from the travel necessary to see the right doctors.
In May of 1994, mom had an Autonomous Bone Marrow Transplant (ABT). Stem cells were harvested from her blood after chemo treatments and frozen until there was enough to put back into her blood stream. This was done after a super high dose of chemotherapy killed not only cancer, but also the bone marrow, and was her only hope for a cure. She was given a five percent chance for a cure with this treatment, as opposed to zero percent by not doing it. Because mom was a fighter and wanted to live, she chose to do the treatment. This treatment was done out of state, so it took a toll on the family both financially as well as emotionally. After the stem cells were injected, mom was cancer free for 3 years. MOM PASSED AWAY MAY 5, 1999.
Our family was fortunate to have the support of family, church, and friends who held fundraisers for mom to help cover travel, medical, and other expenses that came up during her 13-year battle. Not every family battling breast cancer has the support we were blessed with.
Fore Her is here to help.