By Jeannie Blaylock
First Coast News
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- It's a chance to get something normally very expensive for free. That sounds like a good deal.
Most of all, though, it's an opportunity for women healing from breast cancer to get a boost.
The new "Pink Links" program offers a series of golf lessons at no charge and a chance to play for women who are at least six months out from breast cancer treatment.
A dozen women signed up for the inaugural class at TPC Sawgrass.
The project is a partnership among The Players Championship (and its charity dollars), The Tour Academy TPC Sawgrass and Baptist Health.
Women in the classes receive soft pink vests at no charge.
Well-known LPGA golfer Judy Rankin helped kick off the project at Sawgrass. She was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.
Rankin says after surgery she had a hard time lifting her arms. So she grabbed a golf club and started doing simple lifting exercises.
Now her range of motion is back to normal, she says.
Rankin also credits walking with getting her back into the swing of things.
Walking. Moving your arms. That's all part of golf and that's why project organizers consider "Pink Links" an excellent way to help women heal.
It's also a chance to meet other women in the same fight.
And no worry if a woman hasn't played golf beyond putt-putt. "Pink Links" takes beginners and veterans.
If you want to sign up or nominate someone, you need to fill out a nomination form.
Online, you can get more information at:
The direct link for a nomination form is:
If you have questions you can call Nelson Silverio at 904.273.3528.
Or you can call Cynthia Carrasco, RN, Breast Care Coordinator at Baptist. Her number is 627-1592.
The next deadline to turn in a nomination form is the first of February.
You may want to go ahead soon, though, because the participants are chosen from the list of nomination forms.
A volunteer committee of breast cancer clinicians, physicians, nurses and other caregivers will choose the participants and alternates.
The classes will open up periodically for different sessions during the year.
Some of the women who've started "Pink Links" say it's just a terrific experience.
First Coast News