Our Mission: To end late stage breast cancer by providing funds to local   
     not-for-profit community hospitals for screening and diagnostic testing for    
              breast cancer diagnoses.   

...and it all began with a diagnosis to "target" upfront diagnostics...

A SHOT TO TARGET BREAST CANCER

The Founder

As a child, Carmen Neil experienced two generations of breast cancer diagnoses. Her grandmother and her mother were both diagnosed with breast cancer while Carmen was in elementary school. As she grew older, Carmen felt a strong need to work with charitable organizations that supported breast cancer survivors and research. This led to her career of working with radiologists and pathologists. Carmen was also an attendee on a tumor board at a breast care center where she witnessed multiple breast cancer diagnoses. Little did she know that just one year after she married the love of her life that she would be on the receiving end of such work. At the age of 33, shortly after her husband received deployment orders for Afghanistan, Carmen Neil received her first breast cancer diagnosis followed by a second diagnosis two years later at age 35. As a two-time survivor she continues the fight for others, but in a different way.

The Idea

After her second diagnosis, Carmen's husband began teaching her about guns. Carmen soon fell in love with shooting sports and hunting. In 2013, she combined the sport that she loves along with her love of helping people and founded a sporting clays event ....TA TA BANG! BANG! The event was a success and the money raised at this event was funded through her local hospital's foundation at Navicent Health. Two years later, Carmen founded the nonprofit organization, Shooting Sports for Cancer, Inc..TA TA BANG! BANG!: The annual event has quickly grown into an elite sporting clays competition which has expanded in to other states. It has also gained national recognition from both the outdoor and the shooting sports industries. The event now includes a "Loaded Auction & Raffle Dinner Banquet” and multiple side shooting competitions, including Five Stand and nationally recognized Crazy Quail. It also brings in celebrities, shooting pros, and grand master champions from the sporting clays world to all of the events.

TA TA BANG! BANG!

The annual event has quickly grown into an elite sporting clays competition which has expanded in to other states. It has also gained national recognition from both the outdoor and the shooting sports industries. The event now includes a "Loaded Auction & Raffle Dinner Banquet” and multiple side shooting competitions, including Five Stand and nationally recognized Crazy Quail. It also brings in celebrities, shooting pros, and grand master champions from the sporting clays world to all of the events.

Giving Back

Since its inception in 2013, the event has raised over $100,000 for diagnostic testing. Shooting Sports for Cancer, Inc.'s goal is to continue to grow in the Southeast and eventually spread the event across the United States. TA TA BANG! BANG! currently has established events in Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama.

Georgia funds are granted in Macon, where Carmen's personal breast cancer journey began, and its surrounding communities which are now reaching more than twenty-three counties. Funds raised from events will be given to local not for profit hospitals to be used for mammogram screenings and further diagnostic testing. It is imperative to provide this funding on the forefront because, it can take weeks before uninsured/under-insured patients are approved for government funding. Cancer cannot wait!

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