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Reid's journey: A parent's perspective

Reid with Daniel Berger.

January 7, 2018

By Special to Together.PGATOUR.com

Editor's Note: The PGA TOUR and its tournaments generated more than $180 million for charitable causes in 2017, elevating the all-time giving total to $2.65 billion.  To celebrate this milestone, we are sharing stories of how charitable dollars raised by TOUR events benefit people in their local communities.  The following is from the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

On January 29, 2015, our seven-year-old son, Reid, went for a visit with his pediatrician for an enlarged eye. By the end of the day our worst fear had been confirmed. Reid had cancer. Blessed to have a proactive pediatrician and live near such wonderful medical facilities, Reid was able to begin his St. Jude journey immediately. 

As parents we went from fear to despair to hope all in about a 24-hour period. It still remains an emotional rollercoaster, but one we know our faith will see us through. His tumor turned out to contain two different, very rare forms of cancer, Rhabdomyoscarcoma and Ectomesenchymoma.  He has endured surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation in his battles with these cancers. He continues to require more surgeries and scans post therapy, but in April 2016 he was declared to be in remission. This was the sweetest words for our family to ever hear. Twenty years ago, Reid’s prognosis would have been very grim. With the help of patients before him, new research, and donor funding for St. Jude, Reid has reason to be more hopeful that he will remain in remission.

Reid actually received proton therapy treatment in Jacksonville, Florida as part of the St. Jude protocol. While in Jacksonville, Reid attended THE PLAYERS, and his love for the game of golf began. In 2016 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic Pro-Am, Reid met Daniel Berger while serving as his "Little Looper" on the 11th hole. Later that week, Daniel won his first ever PGA TOUR event. Reid was reunited with Daniel at the FESJC’s Champion's Day in April of 2017 as Daniel returned to Memphis to celebrate his victory and kickoff the run to June’s tournament. When the 2017 tournament rolled around, St. Jude and the tournament staff made sure Reid was Daniel's honorary caddie during the Pro-Am once again, and four days later, Daniel secured back-to-back victories at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Since then, Reid, motivated by his relationship with Daniel, has decided to take golf lessons for the first time.

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