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Pink Ribbon Open helps raise money for women battling breast cancer

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Golfers hit the green, all to help sink breast cancer during the 9th annual Pink Ribbon Open.

"To get out and do it to benefit something means all that much more to us," charity golfer Rachel Maki said.

Maki is one of more than 150 golfers that hit the links. She also has a close connection to the cause. Maki carries a gene that makes her more susceptible to getting breast cancer.

"I know what it's like to have a family member that has cancer and the financial difficulty they deal with having to fight cancer," Maki said.

Organizers say they hope to raise more than $60,000 and all that money will go to 12 local women battling breast cancer.

"People have situations where they don't have money to put food on their table—house payments, car payment, things while they're going through treatments that are disrupting to their lives," K-Tech Charities president Craig Kersemeier said.

Even former Badger Jim Leonhard headed out on the green.

"Everyone loves a great day like today, supporting a good cause in the process, can't beat that," Leonhard said.

"It's an instant impact that we will be able to help them tomorrow morning," Kersemeier said.

Newsline 9 is proud to be a part of the event. Our own Melissa Langbehn hit the links for the cause.

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