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McLeod Health sponsored breast cancer fundraiser tennis open

McLeod Health raised money for the Susan G Komen South Carolina Foundation and awareness about breast cancer at the McLeod for Health Florence Open this weekend.

McLeod Health raised money for the Susan G Komen South Carolina Foundation and awareness about breast cancer at the McLeod for Health Florence Open this weekend.

United States Tennis Association Women’s Professional Tennis Players competed for $25,000 in prize money.

Amy Murrell is a surgeon at Mcloed Health. She says there are over 300 newly diagnosed women with breast cancer every year just in Florence.

Murrell says it’s important for everyone to get checked.

"Breast cancer affects all of us. Get out there and check your mammograms. If something doesn’t seem quite right don’t stay at home and worry about it go see someone and get help," Murrell said.

Merlee Shumpert was in the crowd watching.

She is a breast cancer survivor and fought the disease about 17 years ago and she’s a huge tennis fan having played for 40 years.

She says the fundraising event is important to spreading awareness about the disease.

"It’s very important to see those young people out there. I just hope that they will take care of themselves and have them selves checked for breast cancer also because you don’t have to be old to have breast cancer," Shumpert said.

Shumpert says she never let the cancer stop her from playing tennis.

Tennis player Taylor Townsend, took home the singles and doubles titles for the competition.

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