Earlier in July, Prep Rally brought you the touching story of 10-year-old Kyle Lograsso, a cancer survivor who masterminded a bizarre 100-hole golf marathon as a fundraiser for retinoblastoma, the cancer which cost him his left eye. When it came time to deliver on his rather optimistic golfing goal, Lograsso accomplished the feat and then some, golfing a total of 109 holes after teeing off for the first time at 6 a.m.
Even more impressively, by doing so Lograsso smashed his own fundraising expectations, earning a whopping $75,000 for retinoblastoma research.
As noted by the Riverside Press-Enterprise and NBC's Off the Bench, among other sites, Lograsso's fundraising total was swelled by $10,000 thanks to a late donation by PGA Tour golfer J.B. Holmes, who was so touched by the Temecula (Calif.) Prep fifth-grader's drive that he donated 10 grand after the fundraiser was already completed.
In total, Lograsso played more than 12 hours of golf. He played more than 50 holes barefoot after his feet became sore wearing his golf spikes. And while Lograsso didn't use any shortcuts to racking up the 100-hole total he was aiming for, he did get a lift from the use of a golf cart.
Yet, for one hole, Lograsso turned down even that aid, walking the final straightaway as a statement about his commitment to the fight against retinoblastoma.
"I walked the last hole, I walked it for the fight against Retinoblastoma and all the kids going through it," Lograsso told the Press-Enterprise.
"I accomplished a pretty big goal. One hundred and nine holes is a lot. It felt good -- once I finished the hole. Now, no golf for another week or two. I've had enough."
No one could possibly blame Lograsso for hitting the golfing wall. Given that he's already completed one phenomenal 100-holes-plus fundraising marathon, he'll have a heck of a time topping his own achievement. If anyone can do it, it might be the California youngster, whose commitment to fighting cancer may be topped only by his own sense of humor; the first thing he did after finishing the charity golf outing was use it to lobby his mother for a new phone.
Kids will be kids, after all, even when they're overwhelmingly inspiring.
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