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When a friend of Tom Purcell’s was diraisers,” said Purcell. agnosed with breast cancer in 2006, she Erin Long, a member of the Turningquickly turned to TurningPoint, a breast Point staff involved in the tournament, cancer rehabilitation clinic that provides said the proceeds “benefit [TurningPoint’s] therapy for women battling the disease. financial assistance program for uninsured “My wife and I spent hundreds of hours and underinsured women, as well as the driving our friend to various complimentary education and doctor’s appointments, but exercise programs.” TurningPoint stood out,” The programs offer relief Purcell said. “The emotionand support to women at all al and physical support prostages of breast cancer. Turnvided was great, and the imingPoint also affects healthcare pact it had was remarkable.” providers and the community. TurningPoint Breast “The large outreach and educaCancer Rehabilitation was tion program aims to increase founded in 2003. The nonawareness about breast canprofit’s mission is to “imcer survivorship issues, and the prove quality of life for role of physical and emotional women with breast cancer Tom Purcell rehabilitation during and after by providing, promoting treatment,” Binkley said. and advocating specialized and evidenceIn this sense, Tourney for TurningPoint based rehabilitation,” said Jill Binkley, the is just as much an education event as it is executive director. a fundraising one. It brings TurningPoint’s The Sandy Springs clinic offers servicmission to a different crowd. es such as physical therapy, exercise, mas“Most men are not impacted until their sage therapy, counseling, nutritional counwife, mother or daughter is diagnosed,” seling and education programs. It aims to Purcell said. “The tournament opens up meet the unrecognized and often unfulthe message to people who might not be filled needs of women with breast cancer. affected otherwise.” But this wide array of services was not This year brings the fourth annuall that appealed to Purcell. “The staff’s al tournament. The event begins at the passion blew me away,” he said. Dunwoody Country Club Aug. 24 with a When his friend passed away after a “Swing Fling” dinner and auction, which four-year struggle, PurLong said about 200 cell’s involvement with people usually attend. Do you know an organization or TurningPoint didn’t The dinner is followed individual making a difference end. He has supportby the golf outing on in our community? Email ed the center financialAug. 25 for about 120 firstname.lastname@example.org ly and volunteered exgolfers, Long said. tensively. And about Purcell and his three years ago, there came an opportunity company, Ashford Advisors, have been that especially spoke to him. heavily involved every year as the present“There was a wish to expand the mesing sponsor of Tourney for TurningPoint. sage of TurningPoint,” Purcell said. “Along “He is a dedicated volunteer, and leverages with my company [Ashford Advisors], we his commitment by engaging others in the set up ‘Tourney for TurningPoint.’” work that we do,” Binkley said. Tourney for TurningPoint is a golf tourPurcell remains grateful for Turningnament benefitting the 300-plus women Point. “TurningPoint was everything for TurningPoint serves each year. “The tourmy friend,” he said. “I couldn’t be more nament is one of two major annual fundproud to be involved.”
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