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Area teen to represent Shriners Hosptial at PGA Tour tournament in Las Vegas

Garrett Heble, 15, a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston, will have the experience of a lifetime in November when he represents the local hospital at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, an official PGA TOUR event in Las Vegas, November 4-5.

Garrett was chosen as one of 22 patient ambassadors throughout the country to represent the Shriners Hospitals health care system at the tournament, where he will serve as a standard-bearer on the weekend, carrying the scores of a group of professional golfers as they compete in the tournament. It is a rare “inside the ropes” opportunity at a PGA TOUR event, as well as the chance to share how Shriners Hospitals have helped transform his life.

“I’m really excited to have the chance to represent my Shriners Hospital at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and have the opportunity to meet patients from other Shriners Hospitals throughout the country,” Garrett said. “And to do it all while being up close and personal at a PGA TOUR tournament and getting the chance to meet professional golfers makes it even more exciting.”

GarrettGarrett Heble,15, is a sophomore at Columbia High School in West Columbia, Texas, where he competes on his school’s golf team. This past summer, he had emergency surgery and therapy for a traumatic brain injury at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston following an ATV accident. It was a miracle that he even survived the accident, much less walked away from Shriners Hospital after only eight days of therapy. The therapists at the Houston Shriners Hospital played a significant role in Garrett's swift recovery, pushing him the whole way. Now, he awaits surgery to replace the skull bone on the left side of his head.

In addition to golf, Garrett is an outdoorsman. He enjoys hunting, fishing and snowboarding with family and friends. He is super excited for this great opportunity to represent Shriners Hospital at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. He's not only excited about meeting other Shriners patients, but also the opportunity to meet some of the PGA players – he’s a big fan!

As part of his participation in the tournament, Garrett’s story and photo will appear in the tournament program, and his information will be shared with the Golf Channel, which will televise the tournament nationally, to be used during the broadcast. The broadcast reaches over 700 million homes across 240 countries worldwide.

“The purpose of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is to not only bring PGA TOUR golf to Las Vegas, but more importantly, to bring awareness to the great work of Shriners Hospitals for Children and the work those hospitals do to help transform the lives of children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, cleft lip and palate and spinal cord injuries,” said Adam Sperling, executive director of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. “We thought that bringing more of the hospital’s patients to the tournament and giving them an opportunity to experience some of the best golfers in the world would be a great way to increase the involvement of the hospitals and the patients in this event.”

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