Local Shriners Hospitals for Children patient and golf superstar will serve as standard bearer

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas

Friday, November 4, 2016

It’s tee time for Shriners Hospitals for Children — Spokane patient Kami Twining! Kami 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.

“After the success of last year, we wanted to keep the tradition alive and invite even more patients from Shriners Hospitals for Children to join us this year,” remarked Adam Sperling, Shriners Hospitals for Children Open executive director. “This tournament is about more than golf; it’s also about spreading the mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children. The 22 patient representatives will not only help us do that, but while doing so they will experience unique opportunities throughout the weekend that will create memories to last a lifetime."

The participants will join some of the top professional golfers in the world on the course as standard bearers, providing a walking scoreboard for spectators during the final two rounds of play. Participants will be representing all 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children locations throughout North America.

“I am so excited to have this opportunity to represent the Spokane Shriners Hospital at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and share how the hospital has changed my life,” Kami said. “It will be amazing to meet other Shriners Hospitals for Children patients from across the country. Golf is my passion, to be able to be a part of a PGA TOUR event is something I will never forget!”

Kami has been a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Spokane all of her 14 years of life! She was born with hip dysplasia and arthrogryposis in her knees, which meant her hips were out of place and not developed correctly and her knees were straight and stiff. Within her first few years of life, beginning at only four months, Kami had two big surgeries on her hips and knees. She lived for over a year in spica casts. Even as a little baby, her family could tell that any challenges Kami would face as a result of her orthopaedic conditions would absolutely never slow her down or keep her from pursuing her dreams.

As an infant in a cast covering much of her lower body, she was able to figure out how to be mobile and even tackle stairs. When the last cast was removed, her hips were in place and she had almost 90 degrees bend in both knees.

Her parents were told that as she grew she may have difficulties walking, but they knew Kami’s tenacity was her strength. She didn’t just walk, she ran. “It wasn’t always easy for her, she had a hard time using her limited hamstrings and she naturally would swing her legs out to the side,” Kara, Kami’s mom relates. She sees her physical therapist regularly at the Spokane Shriners Hospital as she continues to grow.

When she was just a toddler, her dad John put a golf club in her hand, which was the beginning of her passion for golf. Kami not only enjoys golf, she excels at golf. She competes in Idaho Junior Golf and Washington Junior Golf where she won every tournament in the 2016 series for both! She was once again chosen to represent her team on the PGA Junior Golf All Star Team and brought home fourth place in Idaho and seventh place in Washington; and last year Kami was named player of the year for Idaho Junior Golf.

Kami’s hard work and no fail personality have always helped her overcome her challenges. John says, "Shriners Hospital gave Kami wings, they gave her a shot, and she literally got up and ran with it. We are thankful every day and we are all very excited and honored Kami was selected to be a part of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.”

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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