Legends Reno-Tahoe Open Champion Visits Renown Children's Hospital Tuesday|
D.J. Gregory, noted golf enthusiast and Cerebral Palsy advocate joins McLachlin, walks tournament in support of Children’s Miracle Network
RENO, Nev. (Aug. 3, 2009) –Legends at Sparks Marina Reno-Tahoe Open defending champion Parker McLachlin visits Renown Children’s Hospital Tuesday, August 4 at 10 a.m. along with famed Cerebral Palsy (CP) advocate D.J. Gregory. As part of the hospital visit, McLachlin plans to sign autographs and provide children with Legends Reno-Tahoe Open giveaways. The visit to the hospital was the 2008 tournament champion’s idea, as a major mission of the PGA TOUR is to give back to the communities in which it has a presence.
D.J. Gregory, a noted golf enthusiast who was diagnosed with CP as an infant was told by doctors he would live his life in a wheelchair. Thanks to hard work and perseverance, D.J. learned to walk with a cane by first grade and taught himself how to golf one-handed (with the other holding his cane) by age nine. By the time he was an adult, Gregory had a goal: to walk every hole of every round of every PGA TOUR event in 2008. With 44 tournaments to walk in 45 weeks, D.J. completed the task last November, walking 988 miles of course during 180 rounds of golf. He chronicled his journey online, leading to the publication of a book, “Walking With Friends: An Inspirational Year on the PGA TOUR,” which was released in May 2009. While he walked with the PGA TOUR, Gregory earned many friends, McLachlin included.
This year, Gregory plans to walk the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open with McLachlin in support of Renown Children’s Miracle Network. Community members interested in supporting the cause can purchase “Renown Get Fit Fore Charity” pedometers for $5 at the Renown Children’s Hospital booth at the tournament near the practice putting green. A $20 sponsorship is also available which includes a complete Legends Reno-Tahoe Open course-walking kit with water, a pedometer, sunscreen, Chap Stick and band aids. All proceeds from the event go toward children’s physical therapy at Renown Children’s Hospital.
“We are very pleased D.J. will be walking on behalf of Renown Children’s Hospital,” said Joel Muller, vice president of the Renown Health Foundation. “His story is an inspiration and a remarkable example of someone who doesn’t let anything get in the way of their dream.”
“We are honored and excited to welcome D.J. to the tournament this year and we’re so happy that he and Parker are teaming up and have taken it upon themselves to visit the Renown Children’s Hospital,” said Michael Stearns, Legends Reno-Tahoe Open tournament director. “D.J.’s hard work and determination is something to be admired and something that we should all strive for in life. It is our hope that their visit to the hospital will help show the children how much they’re capable of achieving in life and will give them renewed hope and motivation.”
All media must be escorted on hospital property. Media interested in attending McLachlin and Gregory’s visit to Renown Children’s Hospital should contact Nicole Shearer, public relations business partner at Renown Health, 775-772-5191.
For more information on this year’s Legends at Sparks Marina Reno-Tahoe Open, including ticket sales, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LegendsRenoTahoeOpen.com or contact the tournament office at 775-322-3900.
The 11th annual Legends at Sparks Marina Reno-Tahoe Open, an official PGA TOUR event, takes place Aug. 3 – 9, 2009 at Montrêux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nev. As the PGA TOUR’s only summer West Coast venue, the tournament is a regular full-field stop on the TOUR schedule and is part of the FedExCup series, a points competition for PGA TOUR professionals. The nationally-televised tournament brings in millions of dollars in coverage for the Reno-Tahoe region through its affiliation with The Golf Channel as it follows 132 PGA TOUR professionals competing for a share of the tournament’s $3 million purse. The Legends Reno-Tahoe Open is operated and managed by the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation comprised of its members including RED Development’s The Legends at Sparks Marina, Eldorado Hotel Casino, EMPLOYERS, Montrêux Development Group, NV Energy, and Reno-Tahoe.
About Renown Children’s Hospital Renown Children’s Hospital is the only hospital in the state affiliated with NACHRI (National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions). NACHRI is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 1968, comprised of 215 Children's Hospitals. NACHRI supports the health and well-being of all children through support of children's hospitals that are committed to excellence in providing healthcare for children through clinical care, research, training and advocacy.
Renown Children's Hospital is the only Children's Miracle Network hospital in the region. Renown has been affiliated with CMN since 1985, and local CMN programs and events generate an average of $500,000 annually to benefit children in the Truckee Meadows.