Navistar goes pink to fight breast cancer

Professional golfer Wendy Doolan on the green.
Professional golfer Wendy Doolan on the green.
Doolan says her battle with breast cancer has brought her closer to God.
Doolan says her battle with breast cancer has brought her closer to God.

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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - The greens at the Navistar LPGA Classic in Prattville were painted pink Friday in support of "Passionately Pink for a Cure Day".

All the golfers and spectators were decked out in their most vivid shades of pink to support breast cancer awareness month.

Breast cancer touches nearly everyone, especially for the ladies in this tournament. Many golfers have lost family members, who they honored during the day, but for some the battle is personal.

Australian golfer Wendy Doolen is playing in her second tournament since she finished radiation following her fight against breast cancer.

She's bright, vivacious and always ready to play a competitive round of golf, but its not her clubs that are most important this week, it's more about what she wears closest to her heart.

"God has healed me from my cancer," she proclaims. She's not just saying it to say it. On the greens she held up a yellow post it note with her daily scripture verse written on it. Today's verse: Isaiah 64:4.

Professional golfer Wendy Doolan will tell anyone it's by the grace of God that she's standing here telling her story of survival. Doolan was diagnosed with breast cancer in June and wrapped up radiation treatments just 6 weeks ago.

"I didn't have any cancer whatsoever in any of my family lines...," Doolan said. But even then she admits she wasn't good about self examination and had even skipped appointments for mammograms. It was that simple task, however, that turned out to be what saved her life. The lump she felt on her breast turned out to be Stage 2 cancer.

Now, Doolan says she lives with purpose and direction, and couldn't imagine her life without beating breast cancer. "It's hard to put into words how this experience has changed me...," she said. Doolan spends her time educating women about self examination, which she says is the key to beating breast cancer.

Physically, the golfer player says she feels "really really different", stronger and healthier. Spiritually, Doolan says her relationship with God is flourishing.

Joining in the golfers' efforts to promote a cure, the LPGA Classic's website also went pink!

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