BEAUFORT, SC (June 21, 2021) – Dataw Battles Cancer with fists of rage again this year! The combined efforts of golf, tennis, pickleball, croquet and bocce totaled more than $17,500!

The Battle for Life cancer fundraiser is a volunteer-driven event that has become an institution on the Island. Spearheaded by the Dataw Island Women’s Golf Association (DIWGA), the event began in 2002, and now in its 19th year includes around 300 Dataw members each year who are dedicated to supporting the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Keyserling Cancer Center. A fitting beneficiary for the fundraisers, Keyserling is an innovative cancer treatment facility located right here in Beaufort, SC.

The Center reports that without donations like the ones from Dataw, the Cancer Center would not have been possible.

The fundraiser comprised fun, themed tournaments, an honor/memory wall where members could sponsor a loved one, a large raffle, and hole sponsorships.

Dataw member Celeste Nalwasky, who has lead this event for many years, says, "Our success can be attributed to many who helped make the events happen, those who participated in the activities, and those who made monetary contributions to make it a worthwhile fundraiser that will help our overall Beaufort community. This truly became a gritty Dataw Island effort with all sports amenities participating in some way. Let's move on to next year, because one battle has been won, but the war against cancer of all types continues."

The Associate Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Beaufort Memorial, Deborah Schuchmann, expresses the hospital's gratitude saying, "We are so grateful to the Dataw Island Community who provide generous support for the cancer program. We simply could not have made the progress without you."

The monies raised will be used to help purchase a Brevera Biopsy System. This innovative system is designed to save time, improve breast biopsy procedures, get real-time, high-resolution imaging at point of care and offer a compassionate experience for our patients. When a patient is diagnosed with cancer, there are many treatments and appointments to keep up with. Having a cancer diagnosis is stressful in itself; combine that with multiple appointments and it can be overwhelming to patients and their families. This new system will help streamline the patient’s care and ease the stress of keeping up with their care plan.

Schuchmann adds, "Heartfelt thanks to Celeste Nalwasky and her team as well as all the participants who made this gift possible! It is more important now than ever for our patients fighting cancer!"


Dataw Island is a private golf, tennis and boating lifestyle community located fifteen minutes outside of historic downtown Beaufort. The island features golf courses by designers Tom Fazio and Arthur Hills, a tennis center, a full-service marina, a community center with workout and massage facilities, indoor and outdoor pools, three restaurants, croquet lawns, bocce courts, pickleball, and more. The community has also been ranked the number one best retirement destination in South Carolina by Best Retirement Destinations and is the recipient of the SCGA 2018 “Club of the Year,” Hilton Head Monthly Magazine “Top 25 Golf Community,” Connecticut Cottages & Gardens “Where to Buy Next,” and many other awards. Please visit us online to learn more:

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