The field of a few dozen competitors enjoyed beer and barbecue and caught up with old friends. The highlight of the evening, however, came when we heard from some of the charity tournament’s beneficiaries.
Over the years, the tournament has generated tens of thousands of dollars for After Care Essentials, a long-standing Charleston company that serves as a one-stop shop for those undergoing and recovering from cancer treatments and lymphedema. Led by Kay Reid, the organization specializes in mastectomy products, wigs and custom-made compression garments.
During the captain’s meeting at the Charleston Maritime Center, Reid explained how her group has provided much-needed services and support to tens of thousands of women recovering from breast cancer.
Cathy Demumbreum, a 37-year-old mother of two who was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer at the age of 19, also addressed the group of anglers. After undergoing a radical modified mastectomy in just her second semester in college, Demumbreum became a client of After Care Essentials.
“Art car essential has always been here for me,” she said.