POLAND SPRINGS, Maine — Despite being told he would never be able to play golf again after losing his right leg and part of his right shoulder to cancer, 14-year-old Hudson resident Sam Alexander persevered and continues to play the sport he loves.
Alexander is an avid golfer; it’s his passion. Despite his battle with cancer he keeps playing golf several times a week, because it’s what makes him happy.
On Thursday, Alexander will be recognized as the “Junior Golfer of the Year” by the Maine Golf Hall of Fame, becoming the first honoree in this new category.
Before he receives the special honor, Alexander will compete in a golf scramble alongside his Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics clinician Chris Brydges, and his Amputee Empowerment Partners peer mentor Chad Thompson. Joining the group will be Alexander’s favorite caddy — his mom, who will proudly wear a personalized “caddy smock” with “Alexander” across the back.
Alexander was diagnosed with and has been fighting cancer since March 2010. Tragically, treatment isn’t working and the prognosis is only a matter of time before he succumbs to the disease.
His last wish is to show the world what it’s like to be an amputee — he believes you don’t have to give up your dreams; you can stay active and play sports. His message resonates in the way he’s living life, right up to the very end — with strength and an obvious love of the game.