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Shoot for a Cure Points Their Crosshairs at Cancer

Rhonda Gibson showing Kirsten Atkinson the ropes.
April 25, 2014

Shoot for a Cure 2013

On May 3, Shoot for a Cure (SFAC) invites the community to try their hand at shooting in order to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. This event takes place at both the Nampa and Parma Rod and Gun Club locations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SFAC is set up as a competition, but that’s not to scare away beginners. In fact the event is geared towards gun novices and women. “The scoring is just for fun, we don’t award places. This year we are rolling out for the first time ever, electronic scoring so [participants] can see them posted online by the time they get home to see how they did,” said Scott Garrigus, SFAC Match Director.

Shooters will be broken into squads with their respective “squad moms” that will help them from station to station. Each station has a separate shooting event with different shooting disciplines. For lunch, GoodWood Barbeque will be catering.

“I love the element, all the women, laughing and having a good time. The fellowship is really amazing,” said Rhonda Gibson, a Shoot for a Cure participant and 16 year breast cancer survivor.  In order to have this environment, the most important aspect to the event is safety. All squad moms and staff running the event are all experienced shooters maintaining safety for all participants regardless of experience level. Shooters will also be given an introduction course on handgun basics a few days before the event.

A raffle will be held at the end of the day includes prizes like spa treatments, guns, rose bushes and even a safari trip. Bigger ticket items will be available online for a live auction.Shoot for a Cure began with a group of people looking to make a difference. “Everyone has been affected by cancer in some way or another. That’s the genesis of this, and the shooting community is very giving,” said Garrigus.The money raised from the event goes toward providing mammograms for underinsured and uninsured women at the St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI). Since 2007 they have raised $50,000. This year they are looking to match their highest funds raised last year: $15,000.

St. Luke’s contributes the event with the Community Health Improvement Fund. “This money helps us get the ball rolling. Every cent in the account gets donated to MSTI, so we are starting from ground zero. This helps us pay for lunch and t-shirts, things we need early on,” said Gibson. For those interested in registering for the event, they may do so online at www.sfac.us where all information regarding the event is listed. The registration fee is $40. Extra hands and raffle donations are of great help, contact Scott at scottgarry@aol.com to get involved.

Contact: Kirsten Atkinson, Public Relations Intern, (208) 381-2894, or atkinska@slhs.com