Weir Helps Ailing Teen Head To the Masters

An interesting little tale in the London Free Press about Taylor Tisdale who is heading to the Masters courtesy of the Weir family and the Sunshine Foundation:

Tisdall, who was born with cerebral palsy and attends the developmental program at Clarke Road secondary school, will be sent to Georgia — along with his family — courtesy of the Sunshine Foundation of Canada, a London-based group that fulfils wishes for children challenged by physical disabilities or lifethreatening illnesses.

But fulfilling Tisdall’s dream — to watch his hero play at the Masters — wasn’t simply a matter of money.

“We got funding from the Plunkett Foundation (of local philanthropist Steve Plunkett) for expenses,” says Sunshine Foundation executive director Nancy Sutherland. “But even if we had been given a grant to buy the tickets, you can’t buy them. Tickets to the Masters are sort of willed to people.”

Over the years, Weir has helped to raise more than $400,000 for the Sunshine Foundation. The 2003 Masters champ has also met Taylor at various events over the years, and was instrumental in obtaining the coveted tickets to the April 8 practice round.

“We approached Mike (Weir) and his brother Craig,” says Sutherland. “And right away they wanted to help.”

A rundown of Taylor’s love for golf and Mike Weir can be found on the Free Press site.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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