Battle for the Breasts
Mauli Ola Foundation’s Battle for the Breasts, presented by Ambry Genetics, wrapped up this week on Surfline.com. This online surf video contest event took place in October to raise awareness about early breast cancer detection, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In the final round of voting, professional surfer Bethany Hamilton took the win with her tail-high air reverse, defeating fellow Kauai surfer Tatiana Weston-Webb.
“Battle for the Breasts is a great cause and also a great way to showcase women’s surfing,” Bethany Hamilton said. “I was stoked to be representing BreastLink. It made me feel special because I was working hard for something beyond myself.”
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Each professional surfer was randomly paired with a participating cancer clinic. Hamilton’s victory was sweetened by a $50,000 donation of Ambry Genetics breast cancer genetic testing vouchers, from Mauli Ola Foundation on her behalf, to Cancer Research Collaboration / BreastLink Medical Group (Santa Ana, CA).
Weston-Webb’s second place finish meant $30,000 in vouchers went to Jefferson Breast Care Center (Philadelphia, PA). The two semifinalists – Sally Fitzgibbons and Laura Enever – earned $10,000 in vouchers each for University of Texas Health Center (San Antonio, TX) and Thompson Cancer Survival Center Genetics (Knoxville, TN), respectively.
The remaining 12 surfer / clinic pairs that participated will each receive genetic testing vouchers from Mauli Ola Foundation, courtesy of Ambry Genetics.
The inaugural Battle for the Breasts featured sixteen of the world’s best professional female surfers competing for votes in an online video contest format during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The event was created to raise awareness for the importance of early detection in the fight against breast cancer, with the participating surfers competing for $125,000 in hereditary breast cancer testing vouchers donated to a cancer clinic, on their behalf, by Ambry Genetics.