A few short weeks ago this is what you would have heard if you were at Ranken Jordan during the time devoted to golf. Corey, a young man who was there to recover from major surgery to both legs, had picked up a golf club for the first time and instantly fell in love with the game. You might think those words were said while his mother was standing next to him. That wasn't the case. Corey was yelling across Warner's Corner as soon as he saw his mom! His declaration came following a couple of phone calls to find out how soon his mother would be there because he had something to tell her. Needless to say he was excited about the new game he was learning.
|Corey proudly showing off his new putter!|
This passion and love for the game are one of the things we are trying to expose to the kids at Ranken Jordan. Yes, as I have stated in most of the blog posts, our primary goals will always be to make the kids smile, allow them to have fun, and let them be kids. Those goals have not changed nor will they. The inherent focus of this program is to make their time in the hospital more enjoyable. However, we still would like to see them continue to play golf once they are discharged and go home. To help the kids continue to enjoy the game we will put them in touch with a local PGA Professional if that is what is needed. Others will stay in touch with me and I'll encourage and help them as best as I can. And sometimes when a kid like Corey is discharged he will be given a putting mat, putter, and Titleist golf balls. It isn't his birthday and it certainly is not Christmas, but who needs a special occasion to bring yet another of those ear-to-ear smiles to his face.