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Building Hope Women's Golf Tournament

Each year the Trinity Health Foundation hosts the Building Hope Women's Golf Tournament to raise funds to support Trinity's CancerCare patients.

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Shane Jordan, Director of Trinity's CancerCare Center indicated how important this event is to the patients and the local community: ''The support we receive for the Building Hope golf event continues to be amazing. It is our goal to continue building the assistance programs at the CancerCare Center and it is due to events such as the Building Hope golf tournament that allows this to happen. Through the years, we have been able to provide financial support in the form of gift and gas cards, increased patient education materials, and improved technology, as well as provide free wigs and compression garments. The great part is that you can be assured the money is used locally. On behalf of the staff at Trinity CancerCare Center and most importantly our patients, I thank you."

The 19th Annual Building Hope Women's Golf Tournament took place on Monday, June 20, 2016; 140 golfers registered to participate in the event held at the Souris Valley Golf Course. The tournament had a fantastic finish as two teams tied for first place after completing all 18 holes. Those two teams then competed in a dramatic putt off to determine this year's champion. There was even more excitement as one of the golfers registered a hole-in-one during the tournament. Following dinner, catered by Paradiso, the golfers were treated by a keynote address from Connie Sundby, a member of the Trinity Health Foundation Board and a breast cancer survivor, entitled Always Have Hope. We are grateful for Midco’s assistance in making this event successful.

If you'd like to sponsor this and/or our Golf for Life men’s tournament: visit our sponsorship page for more information.

Individual Prizes were awarded for:

Longest Drive - Becky Bertsch
Closest to the Pin - Bonnie Rolle
Longest Putt - Nancy Scofield
Chipping Contest - Lisa Hyatt
Hole-in-one - Diana Somerville
Team Prizes were awarded for:
First Place - North American Crane Certification (Nadine Johnson, Lorelee Clay, Pat Buresh, and Linda Schaefer)
Second Place - Michelle Lux, Nancy Lebsock, Gayle Arnson, and Bonnie Logelin-Meier
Third Place - Bonnie Rolle, Molly Hendrickson, Janelle Krueger, and Alana Knittel




Keynote Address for the 2016 Building Hope Golf Tournament

Always Have Hope - by Connie Sundby

Fore! Golfers all know the "warning" message when a golf ball is headed their way! We wish it was as easy to warn someone when a cancer diagnosis is headed their way but unfortunately there is not!

Hello...I’m Connie Sundby of Minot. Wife, mother, daughter, grandmother and friend. But I’m also a cancer survivor. 13 years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer - no fore call or warning message alerted me that danger was headed my way so the journey began. A cancer diagnosis can turn your world upside down. There's shock, fear and the overwhelming "new normal" of needing to make important health decisions. It is a journey you will never forget.

My message to you today is “always have hope" and I’ve even brought you some pink golf tees that say that. The word “hope” became my life line when I was going through my cancer journey. You must believe that cancer does not have to be a death sentence and to always have hope! We must not let cancer win...each and every one of us must do whatever it takes to win the fight against cancer whether you give a donation, participate in an event like today, care for a friend or family member who has cancer or befriend someone who might need support that is battling cancer - you will be helping to make a difference!

The real challenge comes with living with cancer. The goal must be to live as though the cancer will never return, living any other way in anxiety or sadness means that the cancer wins - whether it recurs or not.

The Trinity Health CancerCare Center was my home away from home and they became part of my support group. They were an amazing bunch to which I am very grateful! Our CancerCare Center has a great network of supporters and events like this. The Trinity Health Foundation, since its inception in 1922, has a history of care, support and spirit to help others. We need to continue that spirit of giving. How did I personally do that? Well after surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and years of oral breast cancer drugs, I was left feeling weak, tired and many times depressed. I'm somewhat of a believer that things happen for a reason. My reason is that I felt a need to take steps toward creating a second life for myself . . . hope was here again!

My hope became my reaching out to Trinity Health and suggesting that we needed to implement a program right here in Minot, North Dakota, for a cancer exercise rehab program...I talked and they listened! That connection brought us in partnership with the Minot Y's Men Rodeo and Tough Enough To Wear Pink (TETWP). What a partnership we have nurtured over a 10 year period of time and what an amazing part it has played in the lives for many in our community. To date, TETWP has raised $576,252.00 and we have fully funded 404 individuals to be able to attend the cancer exercise rehab program at the YMCA at no cost to them! Is that amazing or what?! That feeling of being weak, tired and many times depressed can go away with participating in this program. It is amazing!

Today I leave you with this message...check yourself on the front so that you can pat yourself on the back - it could save your life like it did mine!

Thank you for asking me to share part of my story today...remember always have hope!
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