From: Dallas, Texas
- Justin Thompson is a member of the Northern Texas PGA Junior Golf Foundation and has been playing golf for just over five years. He took the game up after he was diagnosed with A.L.L. leukemia in March 2009 just before his 10th birthday. Justin has been a patient at Children's Medical Center since being diagnosed.
- PGA professional, Dean Larsson is one Justin's instructors and recommended that the donation from Birdies for Kids for 2012-13 be directed to Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's Medical Center after he learned about Justin's challenges.
- After speaking with Justin and his mom, Cathy, they provided us feedback on how the funds could be used best at the hospital. We considered directing the funds towards buying warming blankets, gaming technology, funding the annual Bone Marrow Drive or helping to generate revenue to build Private Infusion Suites as part of the remodel of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at the hospital. After listening to Justin and Cathy, the funds have been designated to help build the Private Infusion Suites.
- "In the past, all kids and their families were in the same room for 4-8 hours receiving treatment, no matter how sick the child was that day," said Justin's mom Cathy. "It's extremely humbling and rewarding to think how many thousands of children and their families will use the new private suite over the years. I know many children who pass through that room in the future will be blessed with the same positive outcome as Justin." Read the press release about the infusion suite HERE.
- This year Justin will be playing 72-holes and raising money for both charities.