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Kerr donated $5000 to Simmons Cancer Inst at SIU



SPRINGFIELD, IL. - LPGA State Farm Classic Defending Champion Cristie
Kerr presented a check for $5,000 to the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU
School of Medicine at a wine tasting event held today at Panther Creek
in coordination with her signature wine label 'Curvature.' The donation
provides funding for cancer research and was given in addition to the
funds SCI will receive from the LPGA State Farm Classic as a charitable
partner.



Kerr has committed her career to the cause of developing a cure for
breast cancer.  Having witnessed her mother, aunt and godmother battle
the disease, Cristie founded Birdies for Breast Cancer, a charity that
has raised several million dollars for breast cancer research and
treatment.  In 2010 she opened the Cristie Kerr Women's Health Center at
the Jersey City Medical Center.



"Breast cancer is a disease that touches everyone in some way.  The
advancements in medicine are continuously evolving and I am fortunate to
have the opportunity to help support the effort to find a cure," Kerr
said.  "The Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU School of Medicine does
fantastic work and I'm proud to support their efforts."

Named one of the LPGA State Farm Classic's 2011 charities, Simmons
Cancer Institute at SIU will use the funds it receives from the
Tournament to purchase prostheses, bras and other supplies for its Just
for You Salon that provides free services to breast cancer patients
throughout central and southern Illinois in over 70 counties. The
additional funds donated by Cristie Kerr will be used for cancer
research.

"Cristie Kerr's generous contribution to Simmons Cancer Institute SIU
will fund our ongoing research to fight breast cancer.  Her many efforts
have raised awareness and increased education about this disease, so we
are very appreciative of her support and advocacy," said Dr. K. Thomas
Robbins, SCI director. Currently, SCI researchers have more than $6.7
million in multi-year funding awards for breast cancer studies. Its
grant funds for all cancer research totals more than $16.8 million.
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