Duke Sarcoma Center doctors and nurses smile for a photo at the 2023 Strike Out Fore Sarcoma golf tournament

Strike Out Fore Sarcoma



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The Club at 12 Oaks
2008 Green Oaks Pkwy
Holly Springs, NC 27540
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Second Annual Strike Out Fore Sarcoma Golf Tournament

The Duke Sarcoma Center will host its second annual Strike Out Fore Sarcoma Golf Tournament on Monday, May 6, at the Club at 12 Oaks in Holly Springs, NC. The event aims to raise awareness and funds for sarcoma research at Duke Cancer Institute.

Each year nearly 10,000 patients are diagnosed with sarcoma, said Colleen Forbes, RN, a DCI nurse who hosts the tournament at her own golf club. 

"Sarcomas demand specialized expertise in diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation to maximize patients' quality of life after therapy," said Olivia Franek, RN, a nurse who volunteers her time to help organize the event. Franek said that research funding is limited, and that funds raised by the tournament support the Sarcoma Center's efforts to find new and innovative ways to move closer to a cure for sarcoma. 

Learn more and register for the tournament here.

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A Patient's Perspective

The event will feature special guest speaker Kristine Breski, a Duke patient who grew up playing golf with her grandmother. Breski is an advocate for awareness about adolescents and young adults with cancer by sharing her own experience of a sarcoma diagnosis and remission. As a patient consultant for the United States Department of Defense's Congressional Directed Medical Research Program, she reviews grant applications for potential treatments. She also volunteers to help medical students learn how to speak to cancer patients.