Community steps up to support breast cancer fighters


COLUMBIA, Tenn. — The local community showed its support for those fighting breast cancer in 2022 by contributing $28,833 to the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation’s Women’s Center Fund at various breast cancer awareness events, according to Foundation Executive Director Joe Kilgore.

Maury Regional Women’s Center staff member Amandia Long and her husband, Chris (pictured left), raised $10,695 at their 11th annual BOOOOBIE Ball Halloween costume party held at the Lawrenceburg Elks Lodge. The BOOOOBIE Ball has raised more than $59,000 since its inception for the Foundation’s Women’s Center Fund.

The Maury County Gun Club raised $6,505 at its annual Shoot for a Cure competition. Maury County Gun Club board member Don Kerce established Shoot for a Cure in 2012 after his sister, Bennie Jo “BJ” Kerce Warwick, was diagnosed with cancer, and it’s since raised more than $50,000 for the Foundation’s Women’s Center Fund.

Cherri Clark, owner and stylist at The Kut-Off Hair & Nail Salon in Summertown, Tennessee, hosted a Pinktober Walk at Summertown Saddle Bridle Club and raised $4,500.

Other groups and individuals recognized for their donations include Kim Duff, In Service Towing, Christians Stepping for a Cure, Graymere Country Club, Santa Fe High School HOSA, Hampshire Unit School HOSA, OP Cardiology and Mt. Pleasant High School Student Council.

“Each of these gifts will help the Foundation make a tremendous difference in the lives of those in our community who are facing a battle with breast cancer,” Kilgore said. “We’re grateful for all of the donations that were made to the Foundation’s Women’s Center Fund.”

The Women’s Center Fund assists cancer patients in a variety of ways, including wigs, headpieces and camisoles, transportation expenses, while also funding mammograms for patients without means. To learn more, visit or call 931.380.4075.

Above: The Maury Regional Health Care Foundation hosted several of its 2022 breast cancer fundraiser donors for a special luncheon on Feb. 15. The donors helped raise $28,833 for the Foundation’s Women’s Center Fund.

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