BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Magnolia Greens Golf Course in Leland turned into a sea of pink Friday for the annual Play for Pink Golf Tournament.
Over 200 golfers, mainly residents of the Brunswick County community, teed off at 10 a.m.
The event raises money for the Pink Ribbon project at New Hanover Regional Medical Center which provides mammograms for women without insurance.
Most women are told to get their mammograms at 40, but Allison Parker says that's too late.
“I think we need to move that mammogram age,” Parker said.
Parker was diagnosed last November with breast cancer at 31.
She says she had no history of the disease so when she felt a lump, it came as a complete surprise.
“I woke up one morning and noticed some symptoms and knew immediately something was wrong,” Parker said. I went to my gynecologist who immediately ordered a mammogram and ultrasound.”
This all happened as the Play for Pink golf tournament at Magnolia Greens was taking place last November. It was an extremely difficult time for the golf pro and General Manager at Magnolia Greens. Allison Parker is Rick Ferrell's daughter.
“Actually, the tournament was going on when I got the news that something was going on with myself, so this year means a lot,” Parker said.
While she caught the cancer early and did not have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation, she has already had four surgeries for breast reconstruction, and will undergo a fifth one in April.
Parker says she's blessed she paid attention to her body and took action when she felt something on her breast.
“Early detection is definitely the key because I know it saved my life.”