Morgan Pressel Continues Her Generous Support for Breast Cancer Care at Boca Raton Regional Hospital
BOCA RATON, FL – October 19, 2023 – Philanthropist and Ladies Professional Golf Association champion Morgan Pressel has made a $1.2 million gift to Boca Raton Regional Hospital, part of Baptist Health, with funds collected through the Morgan Pressel Foundation, Inc.
For more than 13 years, the Morgan Pressel Foundation has generously funded various research and education efforts as well as the mobile mammography vans at Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute, part of Baptist Health, at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The mobile unit has been traveling throughout South Florida for more than a decade, providing early breast cancer detection services and breast health education. This recent gift from Ms. Pressel and her foundation brings the total giving to nearly $5.5 million for breast cancer efforts at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
“Morgan has proven to be one of our most committed donors over the years,” said Lincoln Mendez, North Region Executive of Baptist Health South Florida and CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “It is her dedication to the battle against breast cancer that underscores much of her giving and motivates her continued involvement. We deeply appreciate her ongoing collaboration and partnership as we continue to provide the highest level of cancer care to our community.”
The initial gift launched the Kathryn Krickstein Pressel MammoVan, honoring Ms. Pressel’s mom who died of breast cancer when Morgan was 15 years old. More than 200 sites are visited each year, ranging from corporate locations to communities of the underserved and uninsured that are without access to this type of care. It is the only hospital-based mammography van service from Port St. Lucie to the Florida Keys. The impact has been significant. More than 18,000 mammograms have been performed and 20%, or approximately 3.600, have revealed an abnormality which needed further observation and care. Since its inception, sixty women have been detected with breast cancer early thanks to the Pressel MammoVan.
“I’ve been fortunate in my life to be able to direct this extraordinary assistance to women, and honor my mother at the same time,” said Ms. Pressel. “My hope is people will see the benefit of testing, consider it a necessity, and routinely visit mammography testing sites proactively. I appreciate the work Boca Regional is doing in this area, and together we can make a difference.”
Morgan Pressel has had a lengthy and successful tenure as a professional golfer and golf commentator who played on the LPGA Tour. Remarkably, as a 12-year-old, she became the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. She was the 2005 American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Player of the Year and won the 2006 AJGA Nancy Lopez Award. She turned pro at age 17 and is the youngest-ever winner of a modern LPGA major championship, when at age 18 she won the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship. In recent years, she turned in her driver for a microphone and joined the Golf Channel and NBC Sports to be an analyst and on-course reporter.
“You can’t place a return on an investment on saving lives,” said Christine Lynn, Chairman of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Board of Directors. “Morgan is an inspiration to all of us. She experienced tragedy at a young age when her mother passed away and has dedicated so much time and resources through her life to the fight against breast cancer on her mom’s behalf and to honor her memory at the same time. The mammovans have been enormously beneficial, as has her commitment to genetic research and education at the Lynn Cancer Institute. As always, we thank her and salute her efforts and diligence.”
If you would like to schedule your mammogram with Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute, please visit BaptistHealth.net/Mammo.
About Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation
The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, over 26,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.
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