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Past patient gives back to hospital that changed his life

Past patient gives back to hospital that changed his life

Matthew, a current patient at the Portland Shriners Hospital and an avid golfer, was thrilled when he was invited to participate in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open charitable golf tournament, a PGA TOUR event, which took place in early October. Matthew’s role included volunteering as a standard bearer throughout the tournament to represent the Portland Shriners Hospital, along with 21 other patients from across the country. Additionally, Matthew participated in the Pro-Am with professional golfers the day prior to the tournament, where he almost shot a hole-in-one with Gary Woodland! Matthew’s experience was even more impactful because he was joined by Steve, a past patient who has graciously donated funds to the Portland Shriners Hospital.

Steve, a past patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia, shared the inspiration behind his generous donation. “My life was completely changed by the treatment I received at the Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia as a small child, and I feel it is very important to give back to those who were so generous with me,” he said. “The opportunity to participate in this great event was too important to pass up.”

Both Steve and Matthew were looking forward to getting one-on-one time with the players, but they were even more excited about meeting patients from other Shriners Hospitals. “It was great fun to meet the many other Pro-Am participants and see how generously and wholeheartedly they support the Shriners Hospitals for Children event,” said Steve. “But for me, the highlight of the tournament was the opportunity to meet the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children patients who volunteered as standard bearers. Each of them, in their own way, solidified the event’s success. These are truly remarkable young men and women.”

Matthew wholeheartedly agreed, “My favorite part of the tournament was all the new friends I made. Regardless of the challenges, we supported each other, and that was really cool.”

Matthew’s involvement in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open has solidified his passion for golf. “I loved golf before the tournament, but now I’m all in,” said Matthew. “I want to go as far as I can in golf.” Steve looks forward to continuing his involvement in this annual tournament. “I got to see Matthew’s great work as an ambassador for Shriners Hospitals for Children, and his dedication to making sure every person he met understood what a difference the hospital makes every day in the lives of children.”

Pro Am participants