OKLAHOMA CITY – A first-time breast cancer fundraiser helped raise money for an organization that provides women with free medical services.
Hundreds of Oklahomans came together on Sunday for the first-ever Birdies for Boobies disc golf tournament at the Will Rogers Disc Golf Course.
"I'm considered cancer free November the 12th. So, it's eight years this year,” said Brenda Hagar.
Now, Brenda is pressing on and fighting for those who are still battling breast cancer.
"I didn't have to have chemo or radiation, because I chose the double mastectomy,” Brenda said.
That’s because they caught it early.
She said self-exams are very important and something she believes even men should get in the habit of doing.
"You know men don't do mammograms per say, because it's kind of hard to do a mammogram on a man, but they need to check themselves for knots under their arms and check their breasts,” Brenda said.
That’s a message very close to Brenda’s heart, because her son, Jason Hagar, also suffered from the disease.
"When I was diagnosed, I had a mass in my left chest. We had to go in and get it taken out,” Jason said.
The Hagars both participated in the first-ever Birdies for Boobies disc golf tournament, which raised money to help those living with breast cancer get the proper medical attention.
"I'm a survivor myself, two years free as of yesterday. So, one of the dreams for my business, aside from doing disc golf apparel, was to host a breast cancer charity tournament,” said Tonia Byers, the event’s organizer.
150 teams of Oklahomans showed up to show their support for the cause.
"Initially, when I thought about it, I thought maybe 30-35 teams. So, this far surpasses any of my expectations,” Byers said.
"What Tonia is doing here is a really great thing. She's donating a lot of money to people who have a hard time getting treatment and actually need help, you know, seeing doctors and getting the advice that they need. So, it's definitely a good thing she's doing out here,” Jason said.
Half of the proceeds raised at Birdies for Boobies will go to Oklahoma Project Woman to help provide free mammograms, diagnostic procedures and surgical services.