The Beatrice Country Club was once again decked out in pink for the 12th annual "Put-tin on the Pink" Golf Tournament on Thursday.
This year's theme was "Strike out breast cancer," so baseball gloves, hats and Baby Ruth candy bars decorated the venue. Some teams came out in their favorite baseball attire.
All proceeds from the event will be given to the University of Nebraska Foundation as well as the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center. Donations will be kept in Nebraska and will be used for breast cancer research, support research for breast, ovarian and uterine cancer.
152 women participated in the Texas Scramble, which is a tournament record. The event is expecting to make a donation of at least $7,000.
In the 12 years combined, the event has raised about $85,000 for cancer research in Nebraska.
"Inspirational players for the day were the many survivors of breast and other cancers," said Nancy Baker, one of the event organizers. "We are so proud to be playing alongside these strong women."
One of those strong women was Lori Barr of Liberty. She beat cancer by getting out ahead of it.
For most of her adult life, Barr was a frequent visitor to doctors and hospitals because of frequent cysts and lumps. They were all pre-cancer stage, but she got tired of it.
"I finally asked if I could have a double mastectomy to prevent these tests and the stress you have to go through," Barr said. "When you have all those tests done and you're waiting for those results, it's very stressful."
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Barr's insurance company approved and she had the procedure done in the fall of 2015. In the lab testing of the tissue afterward, doctors found real cancer.
"I was in the very beginning stages, so I was thrilled that I made that decision to have that procedure," Barr said. "Since we caught it at such an early stage, I didn't have to go through chemotherapy or radiation."
Barr continues to have checks every six months and she'll be taking a hormone blocker for 5 to 10 years to prevent the cancer from coming back.
Barr's preventative action helped her beat cancer and she hopes her story will inspire others to be proactive.
"Mammograms are the big thing," Barr said. "I definitely recommend being proactive instead of waiting around for the worst to happen. Try to take the fear out of the equation. Be objective about short-term results as well as long-term results. Let fear be your guide and let the doctors do what they're best at."
Barr was competing in the tournament on Thursday for the first time, although she had heard about previous tournaments. Her main goal for the day was to keep her ball in bounds, but to also have fun.
"It's great to be out here," Barr said. "There are so many women who have gone through cancer and it's great to know you're not alone. It's a real camaraderie amongst us, like a sisterhood."
It was the biggest turnout in the 12 year history of the tournament and Baker said she doesn't see their momentum slowing anytime soon.
"Everybody out here either knows somebody that has been through cancer or has been through it themselves," Baker said. "It's a good way for women to have a good day out with their friends. The community gives so many wonderful gifts and we have a great raffle and it's just a very enjoyable day for a very good cause."