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Golfers give St. Jude patients special lessons

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The St. Jude Classic tees of later this week for the benefit of St. Jude patients, and Tuesday golf pros shared their love of the game with the hospital's patients.

Caleb Gates is just one example of what the St. Jude Classic is all about.  Caleb, 7, is a Leukemia patient, but with his attitude, you'd never know it.

Children like Caleb are the reason for the St. Jude Classic.  The PGA tournament raises money for St. Jude's fight against childhood diseases.

Tuesday, professional golfers slated to participate in the tournament stopped by Tuesday to help some patients with their swings.  Golfer Billy Horschel said while he was there to help the kids, they helped him...with perspective.

"What they're going through to come out here, and the upbeat spirits they have, and the fun they're having knowing some of the stuff they have to go through, it makes golf seem like nothing," he said. "If I make a bogey, I'm not going to be upset, because I see what they go through."

For Taylor Owens, 5, Tuesday's event was a rare trip outside the hospital, after two bone marrow transplants.  Owens' father, Marshal, said St. Jude saved his son's life.

"My son wouldn't be here without them," he said.

Meanwhile, Caleb Gates said he enjoyed playing golf with the pros because he has a good game.

"I think tomorrow I get to be a caddy for one of them," he said.

Caleb is also scoring when it comes to his treatment.  He hopes to have a 'no more chemo' party at the end of October.

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