Pictured: Singles Champion Bianca Andreescu, at center kneeling, and finalist Mari Osaka are pictured with Dr. Amy Murrell; Tournament Director Rob Hill; Darlene Buchanan, City of Florence; Taffy Tamblyn, Susan G. Komen South Carolina (at far right); and the ball kids after the trophy presentation for the McLeod for Health Florence Open.
The McLeod for Health Florence Open concluded on Sunday, October 21, with the finals in the Singles Championship. During the eight-day tournament, McLeod Health raised awareness of breast cancer and physical activity as a sponsor of the USTA women’s professional tennis tournament benefitting Susan G. Komen South Carolina.
Several McLeod Physicians supported the tournament including Dr. Amy Murrell, Dr. Rodney Alan (Tournament Physician), Dr. Bill Edwards, Dr. Prakash Beeraka, Dr. Daniel Ng, Dr. John Chapman, Dr. David Horger, Dr. Palmer Kirkpatrick. Dr. Murrell also represented McLeod Health during closing ceremonies of the singles and doubles championships and played in the Pro Am.
Canadian Bianca Andreescu won the 2018 McLeod for Health Florence Open Singles Finals. This was Andreescu’s first title win in 2018. On Saturday, the number two seeded team of Anna Danilina and Ulrikke Eikeri won the Doubles Championship.
With McLeod Health as the presenting sponsor for the fifth year, the tournament focused its communications on health-related themes, including the value of physical fitness and the crucial importance of early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Net proceeds will go to Susan G. Komen South Carolina to help in the fight against breast cancer in the region. Komen South Carolina has provided significant funding to regional programs, including grants totaling more than $400,000 dollars to support breast cancer programs and patients at McLeod Health. Among other things, these grants have been used for mammograms, follow-up diagnostic procedures, patient navigation services, and survivor support services, including transportation.
In May of 2018, representatives with McLeod for Health Florence Open presented its 2017 profits – a total of $16,000 – to Susan G. Komen South Carolina to help fight breast cancer in the northeastern region of South Carolina. Over the last four years, the McLeod for Health Florence Open has raised more than $43,000 for Komen South Carolina.