PRLog - May 27, 2014 - JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Amelia Island, FL—May 27, 2014—A first of its kind local all-female golf tournament raised $13,000 to help girls living with the leading genetic cause of severe neurological impairment in females. On May 17, 2014 the Newcomers Ladies Golf Club of Amelia Island hosted the inaugural Penny Briggs Memorial Ladies 9-Hole Tournament and Golf Attire Fashion Show to benefit Girl Power 2 Cure (GP2C). Girl Power 2 Cure is a nationally recognized nonprofit created by a local family to raise funds and awareness for Rett Syndrome. Girls with Rett are born healthy. They learn to walk and talk. When Rett Syndrome strikes in the toddler years, parents watch helplessly as their daughters regress; eventually losing the ability to speak, walk and take care of their most basic needs. The money raised from the tournament will fund continued research for Rett Syndrome which has been reversed in the lab and has potential to be the first curable neurological disorder.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Linda Campbell, Tricia Williams, Llona Meaux, Pam Vieser,
Mary Ellen Carroll, Chairman of the tournament, met Ingrid Harding, founder of Girl Power 2 Cure, while dining at an Amelia Island eatery. Carroll said, “I was so inspired by the compassion and love this family demonstrated for their sweet special needs little girl. Once I heard their story, I knew I had to do something. My friend, Penny Briggs, always welcomed new residents with open arms; just as this family welcomed me into their life by sharing the story of Rett Syndrome and how it has impacted the life of their Rett girl, Sarah.” Carroll added that although she met the Harding family more than 2 years ago, she never forgot the bond she witnessed between Sarah and her big brother. “This young man had such a heartfelt, positive attitude when interacting with his sister. His love for Sarah is what compelled the Newcomers Ladies Golf Club of Amelia Island to move forward and sponsor this event to raise money for Sarah and others like her.”
Every 90 minutes another girl is born with Rett Syndrome. Since 2006, Girl Power 2 Cure has been working to find the girls and women trapped inside their physical prisons, help them and their families and fund the cure for this potentially reversible disorder. GP2C founder Ingrid Harding says she is thrilled with the results of this first Penny Griggs Memorial Golf Tournament. “I can’t thank the Newcomers Ladies Golf Club enough. I think Penny Briggs, who so recently lost her battle with cancer, must have smiled on her team. That; and the ladies’ hard work made this inaugural tournament a greater success than I could have imagined. I am so grateful to them.”
For more information on Rett Syndrome and to donate for a cure, go to gp2c.org.
ABOUT GIRL POWER 2 CURE: Girl Power 2 Cure, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for treatments and a cure for Rett Syndrome, a devastating neurological disorder that almost exclusively affects girls. We are committed to making Rett Syndrome the first reversible neurological disorder by harnessing the spirit of girls to support fellow girls who are suffering. We support girls in the planning and implementation of events that raise awareness and funds for Rett Syndrome research, as well as support Rett families with resources, fundraising help and awareness tools. Our inspiration is our flower: always in bloom with hope and positive energy, ready to grow anywhere there is someone ready to join in our mission.
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