As Drink for Pink enters its third year of operation, one of our goals is to continue to expand our partnerships to increase fundraising efforts within the community. We had an opportunity to partner with Ann Wolta’s Rally for the Cure event, a local golf tournament at Indian Tree benefitting men and women battling breast cancer in Colorado. Ann and her team have done an incredible job hosting an event that is celebrating its 9-year anniversary with over $105,000 raised. We sat down with Ann to learn more about her background and involvement in the fight for Breast Cancer.
Ann Wolta’s story is one of competitiveness, struggle, determination, and victory. She was 33 when she noticed a large lump in her left breast, a lumpectomy confirmed it was cancer. Ann was (and still is) an LPGA Teaching Instructor, and she credits her dedication and difficulty of the sport in her ability to overcome the obstacles that came next. She underwent 40 treatments of radiation and got a clean bill of health without losing her breasts.
Ann kept up her mammograms and 16 years later she received shocking news, the doctors discovered another type of Breast Cancer. She was facing a mastectomy and chemotherapy. Devastated but determined, Ann went to battle once again:
I lost my breast and the only choice for reconstruction was to take my left lat-muscle and make a breast. I am a golf professional and I could not lose my left lat-muscle so, I decided to get a prosthesis and not reconstruction. I had to deal with not having a breast but, my surgeon was so excited that she created a perfect “7” out of my two cancer scars. The number “7” has always been my lucky number and I have chosen to see my “7” as a good thing and to be grateful that I have fought the two battles and I am still here!
As a two time Breast Cancer survivor, Ann is a beacon of positivity and light for the community. She created the Rally for the Cure event with her friend, Ann Jumper, and in partnership with Susan G. Komen in 2009. When asked why she does this, this is what she had to say:
My motto has been to Live, Laugh, Love and Learn and I am so excited that I am able to give back and help others.
A big thank you to Ann for letting us be a part of the Rally for the Cure event. We really enjoyed participating! Check out our Facebook page for all of our images from the event: