DUBLIN, OH (WCMH) — Eight children who have spent lots of time at Nationwide Children’s Hospital through the years were honored Wednesday for their courage with an incredible day at the Memorial Tournament.
The eight were selected as this year’s Patient Champions and were treated to a VIP experience.
Matthew McClish is one of them and had the opportunity to meet Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods on the first tee. McClish even convinced Manning to record a video with him, singing a famous commercial jingle.
“If I didn’t put in all of the fight and determination, I wouldn’t be standing right here with all these amazing people, amazing golfers. I love it,” said McClish.
Each one of the Patient Champions stood on the first or tenth tee to welcome the golfers and then, at 9:00 a.m., were able to meet Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, who know how special a day like this is for these kids.
“When we had a problem with our daughter at the age of 11 months, as young parents we said if we were ever in a position to help anyone, we want it to be children. This is the best part of the entire week. To see our Patient Champions come out and smile and laugh and run and have stories to tell, just even to give them a hug, it’s really special,” said Barbara.
Each child received numerous autographs from the golfers and celebrities in attendance at the Pro-Am, including an autographed hat from IndyCar driver Graham Rahal and an autographed mini-helmet from Manning.
The great day was capped off in the best way too, with those world-famous Muirfield Village milkshakes.
“It’s like a dream come true. Honestly, I didn’t think I’d be here. This is once in a lifetime feeling really,” said McClish.