Today, was the 14th Annual Socal Golf Classic held by the San Diego Alvarado Hospital Rehabilitation Institute. Alvarado Hospital provides an Adaptive Golf Program for survivors of stroke, brain injury, amputation and other challenges. The program serves as therapy to its members. Its been almost a year since my father survived his stroke, and my family and I are thrilled he was able to push himself to compete this year.
In addition to my fathers participation in the tournament, I decided to volunteer my time in helping out the event. I was amazed at how these men and women were happy to be a part of something they loved doing. Golfers of all ages, survivors, friends, family, therapists and hospital staff joined the tournament to support the cause. It was a humbling feeling as you saw the look of excitement and sense of passion as they went off to compete.
Before my father’s stroke, he was an avid golfer. Our family is so proud that even though he’s still recovering, he tried his very best to play well for his team. Congratulations Dad! It takes a lot of effort to play with one hand and having a hard time to walk with one unsteady leg. It’s so inspiring to me that he was determined to compete despite his challenges.
It’s day like this to be reminded that no matter what happens in life, your passions can not only fuel you but they can heal you as well. Your passion doesn’t have to be your career or your life’s definition, but it can definitely give you a reason to keep moving forward and smile. These people didn’t, why should you?
NEVER GIVE UP!