This was the 6th annual Fisher House Golf Classic.
Just imagine being a member of the military and you go overseas to fight in a war, in shape and mentally prepared to fight and serve your country.
Then your entire career comes to a halt because the enemy took part of your body…and many times that impacts the head and heart of our men and women in uniform as well.
They need their family and they need them by their side when they are trying to recover. Fisher House provides that.
There are 43 Fisher houses right now in the United States providing a free home for families who want to be by the side of their loved one as they go through therapy, surgery and recovery from war.
I am so glad we support this organization and I hope you will too. For more information go to the Fisher House website.
A three-day weekend? How decadent! Yep, that's what we thought too. Then we got these pix from the lovely Ms. Kyra Phillips:
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On Saturday, she pedaled for 6 solid hours to benefit Ovarian Cycle. The non-profit supports development of an early detection test for ovarian cancer, and tries to boost awareness of the disease.
Kyra's grandmother (for whom she was named) died of ovarian cancer at age 53.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/28/kyra-golf-bb.pic_small_dj.jpg caption="Kyra and her golf partner, Staff Sgt. Dale Beatty."]
On Monday, Kyra hit the links for the Fisher House Golf Classic.
Fisher House provides service members' families a free place to stay while their loved one gets specialized treatment at a military hospital or VA medical center.
Kyra partnered up with Army Staff Sgt. Dale Beatty, who lost both of his legs to an anti-tank mine in northern Iraq.
Staff Sgt. Beatty received his Purple Heart personally from President Bush. He's a dad of two little boys, who's cycled the Marine Corps Marathon. Per a Kyra update yesterday: "great sense of humor and a real great golfer."
Two really great causes - getting some help this weekend. For more info, or to contribute, you can click the embedded links.
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Dr. Sullivan joined Heidi Collins in the CNN Newsroom this morning.