Golf pros participate in St. Jude fundraiser

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Before some of the world's top golfers take to the course of the 2010 St. Jude Classic, they spent time Wednesday putting smiles on the faces of the hospital's young patients.

Thursday was Michelle Bragdon's first time participating in the St. Jude Kids Golf-A-Round.  Her 4-year-old son, Zachary, was diagnosed with leukemia last year.

"There are times when he has a lot of pain and there are times when he's running around playing like he is today, and it's so joyful to see him playing instead of hurting," Michelle Bragdon said.

Bragdon said events like Wednesday's give hope to boys and girls who are fighting deadly childhood diseases.

"I still have him, his brother has him, his dad, and when we see him smiling and playing, it's like so joyful, 'cause he could very well not be here," she said.

And for professional golfers like Parker McLachlin, it's a chance to give back.

"It just makes you appreciate the health you got," McLachlin said. "Seeing these kids - the spirit they've got - is invigorating."

"From the bottom of my heart, thank you for coming to do this for my child and all these other children," Bragdon said. "It means a whole lot to them just to have fun."

We're told that roughly 40 to 50 patients participated in Wednesday's Golf-A-Round.

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