Val Skinner Rallying to Fight Cancer


CORNING, N.Y. – News that Phil Mickelson's wife, Amy, has been diagnosed with cancer strengthens Val Skinner's resolve to keep fighting the disease.
Skinner, a Golf Channel analyst and six-time LPGA winner, heard the news Wednesday while preparing for the Corning Classic. Skinner helped raise about $500,000 on Monday to fight breast cancer in her 10th annual LIFE event at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J. That stands for LPGA Pros in the Fight to Eradicate Breast Cancer. Skinner created and hosts the fundraiser.
LPGA pros have shown a particular determination in the fight. Skinner recruited Hall of Famers Beth Daniel and Karrie Webb to be among the 28 LPGA pros who played.
'We're looking at the whole younger generation wanting to make sure they realize they are not bullet proof,' Skinner said. 'Early detection is key.'
Skinner has helped raise more than $5 million in the fight since starting her event. She dedicated herself to the cause after she lost her friend, LPGA player Heather Farr, to breast cancer when Farr was 28.