11-Yr-Old Raises Money for Children's Hospital

June 19, 2009 1:45:42 AM PDT
Many patients who come to the Children's Hospital in Central California spend a lot of time at the hospital's playroom, it's a nice distraction from their medical treatment.One former patient who spent a lot of time there is now healthy and giving back to the place that saves lives.

The wind doesn't faze the 11 year old golfer with the surfer dude locks, he's battled back from a much mightier opponent

At the age of 5, Raymond Parra was diagnosed with Leukemia. He underwent months of treatment at Children's Hospital Central California, losing his hair, but never losing his desire to play golf. He would often practice on the hospital's putting green.

The boy who shot a 64 his first time on a golf course, continued to amaze doctors and parents with his will to live.

Raymond's cancer is in remission and for the past five years he's played at the Children's Hospital Golf Tournament. He shares his story with golfers at Stevinson Ranch, and for a donation to the hospital, he'll improve their scores!

With Raymond's help plus the backing of sponsors like Taco Bell and Lexus, the golf tournament raised $85 thousand dollars for the hospital. Organizers hope to raise even more next year.

When golfers reach the 12th hole, they'll see the greatest example of what their support can accomplish.

You can watch more amazing medical stories Sunday in our half hour Children's Hospital Special ? Amazing Care for Kids. That's Sunday at 6:30 ... right after Action News.

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