For the fifth year, residents of Treviso Bay came together to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. Kathleen Christiansen is a self-described “giver” who turned her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment into a mission to raise money for research, treatment and support through the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Collier County offices. In 2018, the event chaired by Christiansen became one of the top ten fundraisers in the country, claiming the #7 spot by raising more than $57,000.
Although the primary fundraiser is a golf tournament at TPC Treviso Bay golf course, this year the event expanded across the community of Treviso Bay. The three-day event pulled together golfing and non-golfing community members starting with a Tennis Round Robin event and auction, a Pickleball Challenge and raffle, and an auction reveal cocktail party. Then over Tuesday and Wednesday, a men’s and women’s golf event culminated in a charity auction. The combined total raised $72,000. This takes the total raised since inception of this event to over $192,000.
“As a Stage 4 survivor, I was blessed to have insurance which enabled me to fight this disease with one less worry,” said Mrs. Christiansen. “There are so many patients who need both financial and emotional support. Working to help the American Cancer Society to help others has become my mission.” Supporting Mrs. Christiansen in this effort is the core group of Ginny Tocci, Robin Spilman and Carla Tellgren Woodhouse and Natalia Armstrong. These ladies lead separate committees of Treviso Bay volunteers that solicit donations from businesses, create their own auction items, and work tirelessly to ensure that the events go off without a hitch.
Money raised at the golf tournament will help the American Cancer Society fund critical research, education and patient support for breast cancer patients and their families. Patients can receive free rides to treatment through Road To Recovery, one-on-one support through Reach To Recovery, and free housing during treatment at the Hope Lodge.