St. Jude patient Reid with 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic winner David Berger

Reid's big day on the green

Reid loves golf, so he didn't let a diagnosis of soft tissue cancer stop him from living his dream and getting to caddy for his favorite golfer at the FedEx St. Jude Classic®.

 

There were no symptoms indicating that anything was wrong with Reid until, suddenly, there was one big symptom. Reid was sitting in the kitchen with his family one evening in January 2015, when he looked up at something — but only his right eye turned upward. His left eye stayed still.

Doctors at the local children’s hospital referred Reid and his parents, Michelle and Barry, to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Tests soon confirmed Reid had rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of soft tissue cancer.

“We were familiar with St. Jude,” Michelle said. “We’d always donated, but we’d never set foot on campus.”

 
St. Jude patient Reid with golfer Whee Kim and his caddy at the 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic.

St. Jude patient Reid with golfer Whee Kim and his caddy at the 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Reid’s parents were terrified. “It was the worst day of our lives,” said Michelle. “But the moment we arrived at St. Jude, we felt like part of the family.”

Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90%, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.

At St. Jude, Reid’s treatment protocol included chemotherapy and proton therapy, and he now visits the hospital for regular checkups.

 

At St. Jude, you witness miracles happen. St. Jude saved our son’s life.

Barry, Reid's dad

 

Reid’s favorite things about St. Jude are playing video games in the waiting rooms and attending events that help raise awareness for the hospital. One of Reid’s favorite events is the Little Loopers program, which is held in Memphis during the week of the FedEx St. Jude Classic® (FESJC). Little Loopers are patients who serve as honorary caddies for pros at the par-three hole during the InnerWorkings Pro-Am.

Golf is big in Reid’s family. His parents play golf, and last summer, Reid began to take lessons. This summer, he’s signed up to play in a league, which made his involvement in the FESJC as a Little Looper that much more special. 

 
St. Jude patient Reid with golfer Daniel Berger at the 2017 FedEx Open

St. Jude patient Reid with golfer Daniel Berger at the 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic

Each year at the tournament, on the day of the Pro-Am, St. Jude patients have an opportunity to meet players on the 11th hole and caddy for the pro. In 2016, Reid was matched with Daniel Berger, who won the tournament that year. He was also paired with him during the 2017 FESJC, when Berger won the tournament again.

 

Reid thinks Berger hung the moon. He made Reid feel so special. Reid watches every tournament now and is his biggest fan.

Michelle, Reid's mom

 

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