Lily Silverstein, 17, a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Lexington from Paducah, Kentucky, 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.
Lily 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. This is a rare “behind the ropes” opportunity at the PGA TOUR event, as well as a chance to share how Shriners Hospitals has helped transform her life.
“I’m really excited to have the chance to represent my Lexington Shriners Hospital at the SHC [Shriners Hospitals for Children] Open and have the opportunity to meet patients from other Shriners Hospitals throughout the country,” Lily 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.”
Lily has worn a prosthetic leg since she was 10 months old and has been through five surgeries to straighten her residual limb. As a child, she played soccer, danced, and completed two triathlons. Now her favorite activities are playing piano, which she has done for 12 years, singing in the Paducah Symphony Youth Chorus, tutoring math, and leading her Generation Joshua Civics Club.
As part of her participation in the tournament, Lily’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 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
The 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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