The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation contributes $100,000 to benefit breast cancer non-profit founded by LPGA Star Cristie Kerr.
PHOENIX, AZ (April 9, 2014) – The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation today announced a donation of $100,000 to support Birdies For Breast Cancer, Inc. Founded by LPGA Star and Phoenix resident Cristie Kerr, Birdies for Breast Cancer is a not-for-profit organization that supports breast cancer research and preventative, diagnostic, curative and palliative programs.
“I am so honored to have the participation and support of Bob and Renee Parsons in my efforts to fight breast cancer, an often tragic and always disruptive disease,” says Kerr. “I first met Bob at the Muhammad Ali Fight Night event here in Phoenix, where we were both honored, and we have been friends ever since. I look forward to putting their generous donation to work by bringing necessary treatment and care to underserved women in our community.”
One in five women in Arizona are uninsured, precluding access to preventive care including lifesaving screening tests such as mammograms and Pap smears. As a result, under- and uninsured women are more likely to suffer serious health problems, waiting too long to seek treatment for chronic conditions and failing to fill needed prescriptions because of cost.
“Bob and I are delighted to support Birdies for Breast Cancer and Cristie’s decade-long mission to assist organizations that are champions for women’s health,” said Renee Parsons. “Our partnership will enable Cristie’s organization to deliver much needed resources to women in the Valley who have little or no access to the care they deserve.”
About Birdies For Breast Cancer
Birdies For Breast Cancer, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that supports breast cancer research as well as diagnostic, curative and palliative programs. Founded in 2003 by LPGA Star Cristie Kerr, the foundation has raised over $3 million in the fight against breast cancer. In 2010, Birdies for Breast Cancer partnered with Jersey City Medical Center to create the region’s foremost comprehensive center specializing in women’s health issues. The Cristie Kerr Women’s Health Center offers breast cancer screening, diagnostic testing and treatment programs available to all women regardless of their ability to pay. The center has performed over 100,000 procedures since opening in 2010.
About the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation
The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation inspires hope by providing critical funding at critical times to communities striving to make a difference. The Foundation primarily focuses on issues in the greater Phoenix area. The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation believes every person is entitled to an education, good nutrition, medical care, a stress-free, happy environment and the hope that they too, will share in the American Dream. The Foundation provides funding to non-profit organizations that are successfully addressing these essential needs. The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is also committed to the children of Haiti, helping to grow and improve schools, medical services and overall well-being for communities in rural Haiti through the Hope for Haiti organization.
About Cristie Kerr
Cristie Kerr is a 16-time Winner and two-time Major Champion on the LPGA Tour. She is the first American-born golfer to reach #1 in the Rolex World Rankings and is third all-time on the LPGA Tour career money list. Cristie is also recognized as one of today’s most prominent breast cancer activists, philanthropist and spokesperson. In addition to her charitable work off the course, Cristie’s extensive entrepreneurial resume includes building her own wine label, Curvature Wines, profits from which also benefit the fight against breast cancer.