Golf champion, breast cancer activist, emerging oenologist...Cristie Kerr wears many hats in her busy, benevolent life. Now she's taking the giving part one step further.
Yesterday, morning at a Jersey City Medical Center construction site in Jersey City, NJ the LPGA Champion donned another kind of hat... a hardhat... to announce the development of The Cristie Kerr Women's Health Center on the campus of JCMC. Her Birdies for Breast Cancer charity will help fund the new center, which is scheduled to open in 2010. It will be the first full-service breast cancer center in Hudson County.
Cristie made the announcement with LibertyHealth President and CEO Joseph Scott,and Chairman Robert Margulies. LibertyHealth is Jersey City Medical Center's parent company and also operates and manages the Meadowlands Hospital in Secaucus, NJ.
"This center will enhance the life of the community," said Mr. Scott, "With detection, healing, support and recovery all under one roof, I'm sure next year we'll be nationally recognized."
As most followers of Cristie Kerr and the LPGA know, the golf star got involved in the Breast Cancer cause after witnessing her mother, aunt and godmother successfully battle the disease. Her nonprofit, Birdies for Breast Cancer, was created in 2004 to raise money and awareness about the illness that affected her family.
As for the Women's Health Center, Mark Rabson, a LibertyHealth spokesman, put it this way, "Cristie Kerr wanted to get involved in a project that otherwise would not have happened. The project was in the bricks and mortar stage until she stepped in."
I see it as one more way Cristie is giving back. Her determination, on and off the golf course, is a sure sign that such efforts will continue in the years to come. That's the inspiring reality of Cristie Kerr.
She looks pretty darn good in a hard hat too.