Over 150 golfers, organizers, and volunteers gathered for a golf tournament earlier this week to raise funds for the breast screening unit at Hotel Dieu Hospital that sees about 3,700 female patients each year.
The Rose of Hope Golf Tournament took place on Tuesday, Jul. 30, 2019 at Cataraqui Golf and Country Club, bringing together golfers and supporters to raise funds to help improve the breast screening unit at Kington Health Sciences Centre (KHSC)’s Hotel Dieu site. This year, the event raised $220,000, matching last year’s record-breaking total, and going towards the tournament’s five-year pledge of $500,000. According to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation, the tournament has raised over $1.8 million for cancer services in our region over the past 20 years.
“In just over two decades, these highly motivated supporters of women’s health have raised more than $1.8 million for cancer services in our region,” said Karen Humphreys Blake, Acting President and CEO, University Hospitals Kingston Foundation.
“What these women have accomplished together through the years, how they have rallied and sustained support for breast health in southeastern Ontario is an exceptional tribute to their leadership.”
Inspired by the late Jack ‘The Rose Man’ McIntyre’s daughter, the late Mickey Miller, the tournament not only serves as a celebration of McIntyre’s commitment to family and the breast cancer community, it is also a symbol of hope, according to McIntyre’s granddaughters, Melissa and Maureen Miller.
“Playing in this year’s Rose of Hope Golf Tournament means so much to our family, and we are proud of what the tournament has been able to provide to patients and their caregivers over the last 20 years,” the granddaughters said in a press release.
“Having a mother who had breast cancer we understand the support it takes to ensure patients have access to the best services possible.”
The funds raised from this year’s tournament will go towards helping to configure, equip, furnish, and improve the breast screening suite at Hotel Dieu.
“We have the best doctors and care teams,” said Sherri McCullough, Chair of the Rose of Hope committee, “But we need the best facilities, equipment, and resources for our patients. The tournament committee and our supporters are motivated to enhance and optimize these services.”