Turning Point Supports Breast Cancer Rehab

Chemo. Lumpectomy. Radiation. Women faced with breast cancer, treatment and rehabilitation must learn a new vocabulary.  “On the outside, your hair grows back, you smile again, you can eat out in a restaurant, and everyone around you thinks that you’re back to your ole’ self.  It couldn’t be any further from that,” says Diane Nolan.  “And while I can say that I have survived my first year after successful treatment, I still had pain, discomfort, fatigue and low energy.  I thought that I was going to have to live with these symptoms as my ‘new normal.’” Nolan was referred to TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation by her surgeon who understands how important exercise and nutrition counseling is to recovering women.

TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation will host the 5th Annual Tourney for TurningPoint, August 30-31 at the Dunwoody Country Club. The event is one of two annual fundraisers hosted by TurningPoint (the 15th Annual Pink Affair will be held March 12, 2016).

TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, the only non-profit of its kind in metro Atlanta and the Southeast, improves the quality of life for women with breast cancer by providing, promoting,] and advocating specialized and evidence-based rehabilitation. Turning Point’s services include physical therapy, massage therapy, counseling, nutrition and exercise counseling and education programs.

“We continually strive to create awareness about the role we can play in terms of supporting women with breast cancer of all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds in their journey toward a full recovery and return to routines,” says Jill Binkley, a two-time breast cancer survivor, founder and executive director of TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation. “The fact is less than 10 percent of all women with breast cancer incorporate exercise and rehabilitation into their treatment plans, so we believe the events we host can in part help get the word out to those women who have not yet received comprehensive physical and emotional support through specialized rehabilitation.”

Since its launch in 2003, more than 3,500 women have been served by the organization. More than 400 new patients visited TurningPoint last year. No woman is ever turned away because of an inability to pay and financial assistance is provided to nearly 50 percent of all patients. In 2013, TurningPoint moved an expanded, more centrally located clinic off Roswell Road. TurningPoint’s previous facility was located in Johns Creek.

The Tourney for TurningPoint kicks off at 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 30, with a dinner and auction. The auctioneer is Mike Wuergler. The evening also includes cocktails, fabulous food stations, heavy hors d’oeuvres and dessert. The activities conclude promptly by 9 p.m. The golf outing on Monday, August 31, features a scramble format with contests in skills, longest driving, and hole-in-one.  Prizes will be given to the top individual male and female golfers, as well as the winning teams. Breakfast and registration start at 7 a.m.  Two flights will tee off at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  Lunch will be served for both flights from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  An awards presentation along with a light dinner concludes the event at 5:30 p.m.

Individual tickets for the Sunday dinner are $50 and $300 for the Sunday dinner and golf outing. A team of four individuals is $1,000 with tickets for the Sunday dinner and golf.  There are golfers of all ages and playing levels as well as plenty of non-golfers who come out as well to participate. Many in attendance have been personally touched by a family member, neighbor, friend or colleague who at some point battled breast cancer.

Ashford Advisors, a leading Dunwoody-based financial services firm, will be the event’s presenting sponsor once again in 2015.  According to Ashford Advisors CEO Tom Purcell, the company has committed to supporting the Tourney for TurningPoint because of the enormous “game changing” impact TurningPoint has on its patients. Other Tourney for TurningPoint sponsors in 2015 include IAG Forensics, Sandtown Dentistry, Oglethorpe Power and PGA Superstore.

The Tourney for TurningPoint is expected to draw more 150 golfers and 200 dinner guests so it’s important to secure your ticket today. To purchase tickets and learn additional details please visit MyTurningPoint.org, email Karen Burpo at kburpo@myturningpoint.org or call 770.360.9271.