Serious Post: Saved by Golf

10 May

Apologies upfront for the serious post, but I have to share something deeply personal. If you’re looking for wit and sarcasm, come back tomorrow ūüôā

You may or may not know, but 6 years ago my family experienced possibly the worst event imaginable. On May 3, 2006, my aunt and 2 cousins were killed by a drunk driver after school on their way to the dentist. My uncle was at work, completely unaware. It was a very high-profile accident in suburban Detroit,¬†and is still getting press to this day¬†due to never-ending lawsuits.¬†Then, just when it seemed like things couldn’t get any worse for my uncle, his successful jewelry store burned to the ground due to an electrical fire.

It’s been a rough ride since that awful day for everyone, but obviously it’s been hardest on my uncle. Over the past 6¬†years, his recovering and rebuilding¬†has come in many forms, but probably the best form was golf.¬†It¬†had always been a hobby of his, but one day¬†he made the decision to get serious about it to help him cope with this great loss. He set rules for himself: he had to play¬†in every single state, two championship courses. Never the same course twice. Never alone.¬†With complete strangers.

This month, my amazing uncle and his story¬†are featured in Michigan Golf magazine in a story called “Golf Saved my Life.” He was also on the radio, discussing his story.

You can read the article here (have kleenex ready), or listen to a live interview here.

Today, he is doing great. He will never return to his old self (understandably), but he is a new man, not defined anymore by what happened. He is back at work, and has expanded his golf challenge to include 100 different countries.

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3 Responses to “Serious Post: Saved by Golf”

  1. Mama May 10, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    Thanks SO MUCH for posting this, Lo. I continue to mourn everyday, and just weeped at the article, but gratified that he has found his therapy.
    Thankful that he is taking it 18 holes at a time..
    xxoo mama

  2. Kelly May 11, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    Wow. I had no idea about this story, and I’m glad you decided to share it. Your uncle is such an inspiration! I suppose I should have listened to your warning to have kleenex handy… but thanks to your uncle and you sharing his story I’m looking at today with a sense of gratitude that is usually hidden by all the other petty garbage that tends to mask the really important stuff!

  3. blu-j & chik-a-d May 12, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    What a heart-wrenching story. Your uncle is an amazing man. There are lessons to learn in his strength to overcome his tragedy.

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