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Buddy Check 3 March

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:50 PM CDT
"Hope Blooms" is the slogan for the Pink Ribbon Tennis Tournament held each spring to raise money for breast cancer services.
In today's Buddy Check Three, Kathryn Daniel explains how every lady involved has a reason and person she's playing for.

79 year old Sarah Hughes plays in the Pink Ribbon Tennis Tournament each year. Nearby her court is Margo Pell - I- Can, a statue in honor of her friend Margo Pell, a fellow player who lost her battle with breast cancer. Hughes has many fond memories of Margo.

"Now ya'll hit it right to me.  I can't move to the left or the right.  So you did and then she would smash it away from you and always win the point."))
Breast Cancer Survivor Susan Bonsignore took up tennis after she finished treatment.

She says she wishes she had already been playing before she got sick.
"The support that the tennis community gives you is unbelievable.  We have many tennis friends going through cancer treatment right now and they all come in with their very short hair and we all make a big deal out of it when it starts growing back."
Suzi Emerson's had the huge task of chairing the event for five years.
 She does it for her best friend.

"Went through a very, very hard time.  She's doing very well but had a double mastectomy and lots of treatment and she was just so motivating to me that she stayed so strong and did so well that I wanted to give something back in the area of breast cancer."
Sisters Janet Olliff and Nancy Brashears play together each year.  Their mother, older sister and Nancy's mother in law are all survivors.
"Because of my family history while I was still in my twenties getting mammograms and with my sister, mother and my mother in law, because of annual mammograms, they were all detected early and are all fine."
Over it's ten year history, the tournament has raised more than $450,000. The funds are donated to local health care facilities to provide mammograms for women who can't afford them.

"The money stays here in Pensacola."

The Pink Ribbon Tournament is April 12th through the 14th. 
For a link to their website, head to ours at

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