Cierra Brumback, 16, a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis, from Girard, Kansas, will have the experience of a lifetime in November when she represents the local hospital at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, an official PGA TOUR event in Las Vegas November 5–6.
Cierra was chosen as one of 22 patient ambassadors throughout the country to represent the hospital network at the tournament, where she will serve as a standard bearer on the weekend, carrying the scores of a group of professional golfers as they compete in the tournament. It is a rare “behind the ropes” opportunity at the PGA TOUR event, as well as a chance to share how Shriners Hospitals have helped transform her life.
“I’m really excited to have the chance to represent my St. Louis Shriners Hospital at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and have the opportunity to meet patients from other Shriners Hospitals throughout the country,” Cierra said. “And to do it all while being up close and personal at a PGA TOUR tournament and getting the chance to meet professional golfers makes it even more exciting.”
Cierra has been a patient of the St. Louis Shriners Hospital since the age of 11. Physicians at the hospital saved Cierra’s leg after she was accidentally shot while her father was cleaning a gun in their home. After she was flown by helicopter to a hospital near her hometown and stabilized, she was brought to St. Louis to seek the expert care of orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Eric Gordon at Shriners Hospital. Because the bullet went into her knee, up her femur and bounced out of her artery, she needed extensive surgery and rehabilitation to save her leg. Until April of this year, Cierra wore a brace to give her leg additional strength. Today, she no longer needs it.
Cierra is an enthusiastic teenager who loves to play golf. At age 15, she made the varsity squad on her high school team and she’s lettered both years she has competed. She plays the trumpet, and has been a member of the Kansas All-Star Masonic Band for three years. Her future goals are to become an anesthesiologist because of the great care she received at Shriners Hospital. Her father, James, and her mother, Angie will also attend the tournament with her.
As part of her participation in the tournament, Cierra’s story and photo will appear in the tournament program and her information will be shared with the Golf Channel, which will televise the tournament nationally. The broadcast reaches over 700 million homes across 240 countries worldwide.
“The purpose of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is to not only bring PGA TOUR golf to Las Vegas, but more importantly, to bring awareness to the great work of Shriners Hospitals for Children and the work those hospitals do to help transform the lives of children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, cleft lip and palate and spinal cord injuries,” said Adam Sperling, executive director of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. “We thought that bringing more of the hospital’s patients to the tournament and giving them an opportunity to experience some of the best golfers in the world would be a great way to increase the involvement of the hospitals and the patients in this event.”
About the 2015 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
The 2015 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open brings the FedExCup to Las Vegas as the PGA TOUR returns to the Las Vegas valley for the 33rd consecutive year. Many of the top golfers in the world will participate in the competition and help support the mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children, from October 31–November 6 at TPC Summerlin. For more information, visit shrinershospitalsopen.com.
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