63,000,000. Yes, 63 million. Likely you are already asking what that number represents. It is the estimated number of Americans living with some form of a disability. The population of the United States is just over 315 million and approximately 1 in 5 are living with a disability. They do not have a disability; they are living with a disability. For many of these people it is simply their way of life. They do not let it slow them down and in many cases most people around them likely are not aware of the disability.
The PGA Tour, Champions Tour, and LPGA Tour might not be the first places you would look for examples of people who refuse to let their disability or complex medical condition interfere with their life. Yet each week you can look at the leaderboard and find someone who is just "playing through" a situation that would at the very least slow down most people. Earlier this summer Stacy Lewis won the Women's British Open at St. Andrews, the home of golf. Those who follow the LPGA Tour likely were not overly surprised because Stacy has held the ranking of #1 player in the world. The amazing thing about her victory is Stacy won with a stainless steel rod and 5 screws implanted in her back. It wasn't all that long ago that she was in a back brace and facing the real possibility of never walking again due to scoliosis. Now she's winning Major Championships on the LPGA Tour. To learn more about Stacy's incredible story visit her website HERE.
HERE. This summer Jeff is playing the Web.com Tour and working his way back to the PGA Tour. I certainly have no doubt we will see him again very soon on the PGA Tour!