Golf Fights Cancer

01/02/14

Golf Fights Cancer Supports STAR Program® at Winchester Hospital

When Barbara Bing heard that she had Stage IV cancer; her immediate reaction was to clean the house. Golf Fights Cancer

I thought, I’ve got maybe six months, and I’ve got to get this place in shape,” she said.

What she thought was just an infection, turned out to be much more serious. After the shock of her diagnosis wore off, Bing contacted Arlan Fuller, MD, clinical vice president for the integration of oncology services and academic affiliations, at the Winchester Hospital Center for Cancer Care.

Bing went through treatment and chemotherapy at the cancer center, and eventually her cancer went into remission. But the hospital didn’t just treat her disease. Winchester Hospital’s Survivorship, Training and Rehabilitation (STAR) Program® helps patients after cancer treatment to get back to life before cancer.

“The side effects of cancer treatment have caused significant loss in normal function to more than 60 percent of patients undergoing curative treatment,” said Dr. Fuller. “An integral part of cancer survivorship is the restoration of normal function and well-being.”

Golf Fights Cancer, a non-profit organization that uses golf as a platform to raise money to fight against cancer, recently held a fundraiser at the Winchester Country Club to support the STAR Program® at Winchester Hospital.

More than 100 golfers showed up to support Winchester Hospital and the STAR Program®, raising $200,000 for the program.

“We started Golf Fights Cancer in 2004 with a mission to tap into the generosity inherent in golfers to make a difference in the fight against cancer,” said Jay Monahan, one of the founders of the organization. “Along the way, we have witnessed so many inspiring people, stories and outcomes. For our family, our passion for Golf Fights Cancer and our passion for the Winchester Hospital and the STAR Program® led by Dr. Fuller comes from my mom, Joanne Monahan. She was treated beautifully at Winchester Hospital and I know that she was smiling down on us during the event at the Winchester Country Club as we help propel this great hospital and program forward with the Good Guy Invitational Tournament.”

The STAR Program® reduces the debilitating side effects of treatment and maximizes the health and well being of patients throughout the course of therapy and recovery by utilizing a variety of services including rehabilitation, exercise, healthy eating, acupuncture, massage, yoga and more. Through the STAR Program patients can get back to living their life.

Bing attended the tournament to express her gratitude for Winchester Hospital and the STAR Program® as she’s able to live her life again.

“Cancer rehabilitation can mean being able to walk a beloved daughter down the aisle; cheering from the sidelines at a child’s soccer game; or enjoying another season of golf,” said Bing.

About Winchester Hospital

Winchester Hospital is the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit www.winchesterhospital.org.