ROGERS, AR -- The LPGA Tournament is not just about golf, but it's also about giving back. Wednesday, the Walmart Northwest Arkansas LPGA Championships sponsored by P&G teamed up with the Cancer Challenge to give Arkansas Children's Hospital a check for $100,000 to expand oncology and hematology department in local clinics.
Many children from Northwest Arkansas battling cancer or blood disorders have to travel to Central Arkansas for treatment. However, the donation is helping expand local pediatric-cancer clinics, giving kids immediate access to the services they need.
"Many kids here in Northwest Arkansas have chronic conditions, it's not just a one time trip - it's a once every other week trip or a once a month trip - and to be able to do that care here and have world-class physicians come here, to see patients, is really life-altering," said Kim Butten, Development Officer for Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation. "The heartache, the headache, the financial cost, the burden on the family - taking off work, pulling your kids out of school - is all lessened if we can offer those services here in Northwest Arkansas."
The funds will be used to outfit three new examination rooms with the equipment necessary to treat these special cases. After the check was presented, the LPGA pros visited with Arkansas Children's Hospital patients, signing autographs and teaching the kids about golf.