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Pressel foundation shows there are bigger things than golf

Posted June 20, 2014

Morgan Pressel plays with her heart on her club.

The pink symbolizes her connection to breast cancer, to which she lost her mother.

The loss of her mother led Pressel to start a foundation, the Morgan Pressel Foundation, to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research.

“I think it’s just marvelous what she’s doing not only for survivors, but for ones who are just beginning their journey,” said breast cancer survivor, Jane Rice.

Sixty employees of LabCorp and their guests, many of them cancer survivors or caregivers, all came to Pinehurst to support Pressel at the U.S. Women’s Open.

“I kind of almost forgot I had the fan club that was coming out there today and they showed up on eight and I felt so bad because they just kept trying to pump me up and I was playing horribly and so they didn’t have a whole lot to cheer about, but as a new partner with our foundation, it’s great to have them out here,” said Pressel.

The North Carolina-based company donated $5,000 to Pressel’s foundation.

Cindy Johns, a two-time cancer survivor was not familiar with Pressel, but after hearing about her foundation, became a fan.

“I was not as familiar with her in the past, but recently became more of a fan when I understood her connection to breast cancer awareness and all the work she’s been doing,” said Johns.

The loss of her mother forced Pressel to realize the importance of breast cancer awareness.

“It reminds you there’s a lot more important things than golf out here,” said Pressel. “I know this is the U.S. Open, but at the end of the day, we’re out here for a bigger cause.”

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