Million Dollar Milestone

Cindy Thomsen is thankful her breast cancer was detected early. She took that feeling of being lucky and turned it into more than a million dollars – to be used helping other women in their fights against breast cancer. Cindy’s message about early detection was woven into her “Million Dollar Milestone” on July 26 when her golf tournament — Reds, Whites and Greens Charity Golf Classic – officially raised over one million dollars since it started in 2003. The eighth annual golf tournament raised $193,605 dollars on July 26, bringing its total donation to the Orange County Affiliate of Komen for the Cure to $1,057,605.

The celebration after a day of golf at the Newport Beach Country Club has highlighted by a standing ovation for Cindy and her committee, a champagne toast, a taped message of congratulations from Ambassador Nancy Brinker, the founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and in-person thanks from Eric Brinker, son of Nancy Brinker and nephew of Susan G. Komen.

There was a lively auction, hugs and a gift for every breast cancer survivor in the audience, but also heart-felt remarks from Christine Romer, a survivor who was diagnosed at the age of 28, and a poignant tribute to Victoria Ahrentzen, who died this month from breast cancer.

Cindy was 33 when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. At 37 her cancer came back, but she still felt lucky. She was sure her early detection improved her chances. To celebrate her end of treatment, she founded the Reds, Whites and Greens golf event. It was a way to combine her love of wine and golf, and to raise money and awareness for breast cancer and Komen for the Cure. We send a million thanks to Cindy and her committee, the sponsors and golfers who made the Million Dollar Milestone come true.

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