Sixteen of the World’s Leading Female Surfers Join Together for the Mauli Ola Foundation’s Second Annual Battle for the Breasts

Online surfing contest helping to raise awareness of hereditary
breast cancer, the importance of early detection, and the role of
genetic testing

Ola Foundation
(MOF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to
providing hope and confidence to people living with genetic diseases,
today launched the second annual Battle for the Breasts. Powered by Surfline,
and supported by Ambry Genetics, the contest features sixteen top female
surfers competing for a chance to win up to $125,000 total in hereditary
breast cancer genetic testing vouchers for cancer center foundations
across the United States.

According to the National
Cancer Institute
, breast cancer is the second leading cause of
cancer death among women in the U.S.

“I am so proud to be part of Battle for the Breasts. This is a great
cause to support breast cancer awareness and encourage women to learn
more about their risk,” said professional surfer Bethany Hamilton, who
was last year’s winning surfer. “During Breast Cancer Awareness month,
you can visit, where you can watch some amazing surfing
skills and learn more about hereditary breast cancer.”

Battle for the Breasts helps to spread awareness about the importance of
early detection and screening for breast cancer. For the contest, 16
cancer clinics and hospital foundations have been randomly paired with
16 top women’s professional surfers. Each surfer submits a video clip
that the public can watch by visiting,
where they can vote for the surfer they think has the best moves. Every
Thursday throughout October, the public voting narrows the playing field
until there’s a winner. Everyone can follow the action on Facebook,
Instagram (@Battleforthebreasts), and Twitter (#BattlefortheBreasts).

The top four surfers will win genetic testing vouchers for the
foundation they are chosen to represent. The remaining 12 surfers also
will receive a voucher for a comprehensive BRCA1/2 analysis for
the foundation they are representing in the contest. Ambry Genetics
plans to donate all vouchers for testing to these foundations, on behalf
of the surfers.

“I am very excited about our second Battle for the Breasts competition.
This is an important initiative, and I’m proud that Mauli Ola Foundation
will help raise awareness for breast cancer. With the support of Ambry
Genetics, we will help people access genetic testing for hereditary
breast and ovarian cancer to empower them to take charge of their
health. Thank you to all the sponsors, surfers, and staff that are
making this possible.” said James Dunlop, President, Mauli Ola

This year’s Battle for the Breasts athletes and their paired centers are:

  • Alana Blanchard on behalf of the MLC Cancer Foundation, Martinsville,
  • Alessa Quizon on behalf of Southcoast Hospitals Group Inc., New
    Bedford, MA
  • Bianca Buitendag on behalf of Health Services of Fox Chase Cancer
    Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Carissa Moore on behalf of the University of Texas Foundation, Austin,
  • Coco Ho on behalf of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Foundation for St.
    Francis and Franklin Inc., Milwaukee, WI
  • Courtney Conlogue on behalf of the University of Utah, Salt Lake City,
  • Dimity Stoyle on behalf of Parkview Health System Inc., Fort Wayne, IN
  • Johanne Defay on behalf of St. Joseph’s Hospital of Tampa Foundation
    Inc., Tampa, FL
  • Lakey Peterson on behalf of Saint Thomas Hospital Foundation,
    Nashville, TN
  • Laura Enever on behalf of the Saint Francis Foundation, Hartford, CT
  • Mahina Maeda on behalf of Northeast Georgia Health System Inc.,
    Gainesville, GA
  • Nikki Van Dijk on behalf of the Trustees of the University of
    Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Pauline Ado on behalf of Tufts Medical Center Parent Inc., Boston, MA
  • Sage Erickson on behalf of the Forsyth Memorial Hospital Inc., Forsyth
    Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Silvana Lima on behalf of St. Vincent Hospital Foundation Inc.,
    Indianapolis, IN
  • Tatiana Weston-Webb on behalf of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston,

You can learn more about Battle for the Breasts and The Mauli Ola
Foundation by visiting


Mauli Ola Foundation (MOF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated
to providing hope and confidence to individuals living with genetic
diseases. Harnessing the healing powers of the ocean, MOF introduces
surfing and ocean-based activities as natural therapies. MOF is honored
to have the knowledge of the ocean, family values, and community. For
more information, visit


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and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified. Ambry
leads in clinical genetic diagnostics and genetics software solutions,
combining both to offer the most comprehensive testing menu in the
industry. Ambry has established a reputation for sharing data while
safeguarding patient privacy, unparalleled service, and responsibly
applying new technologies to the clinical molecular diagnostics market.
For more information about Ambry Genetics, visit


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