A heartwarming, memorable day for Scottish teen
Scouring the Internet for something heartfelt to give you this holiday season, we came across a piece by Sky Sports in the UK entitled "My Special Day."
Similar to ESPN's "My Wish" series, which works alongside the Make-a-Wish Foundation to put together a sports-themed unforgettable day for children with life-threatening conditions, this edition of Sky's Special Day focused on 18-year-old Thomas Brock.
The young Scot was introduced to the game of golf at the age of 13 after tagging along to the course with his grandfather. Rapidly, Brock's handicap dropped until he became a single-digit player.
But in April of 2011, Brock's life hit a serious speed bump. He was diagnosed with cancer in his left foot and given two options:Hhe could receive chemotherapy, but there was no guarantee the cancer wouldn't come back; or, for a greater chance of survival, Brock could have the foot amputated. He opted for the latter and, one week after the amputation, Brock was back on the golf course and -- on one leg -- shot a 73 in his first round, post amputation.
That's the set-up for what became Brock's "Special Day," with a trip to Aberdeen, Scotland, to meet his hero, Paul Lawrie, the 1999 Open Champion and member of the winning 2012 European Ryder Cup team.
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