Tennis tournament raises money for women battling cancer

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) Dani Antol was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer one month after celebrating her thirtieth birthday.

"It was pretty life-altering," she said. "I had just celebrated thirty and was excited about what was to come and had plans to buy a house, but that turned into medical bills and completely changed my future."

Three years after her diagnosis, Antol is cancer-free and now volunteers with The Women's Committee at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. The In the Pink Tennis Tournament is a major fundraising event for The Women's Committee, with proceeds benefiting Marianne's Room and patient services offered through the Cancer Resource Center.

Anton said she remembers visiting Marianne's Room after her diagnosis and receiving two free wigs and a scarf with instructions for tying it. The kind gesture meant a lot during her battle with cancer.

"I remember being here and seeing The Women's Committee and that's what made me become a member of it," Antol said. "It's returning the favor for what I received here that really helped me go through all of the craziness."

Medical professionals with Sentara say funds raised through events like the In The Pink Tennis Tournament allow the hospital take a holistic approach to care by supporting services like Marianne's Room, Palliative Care, and Caring Embrace.

"Medicine is not the only thing that factors into the health care journey," said Deanna Tinsley, the nurse navigator for breast health at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. "Being a community hospital, Martha Jefferson has honed in on caring for the whole person."

The In The Pink Tennis Tournament will be held on September 28th and 29th.

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