Happy holidays to every Nats fan. Like most of you, I’m looking forward to Wednesday’s press conference at Nationals Park when we get to meet and greet the newest Washington Nationals outfielder, Jayson Werth. No question, Werth’s numbers catch everyone’s eyes after a 2010 season with the Phillies that saw him rack up career-best numbers in hits, doubles, extra-base hits and runs scored. Be sure to join us live at 1 p.m. on MASN for the press conference.
On another note, here is the latest update on one of my grandsons, Jack Rolle, who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in May 2009. The 12-year-old who I refer to as “The Amazing Jacko” has been cancer-free after his last three checkups at 12-week intervals. Sure goes to show you that good doctor care, strong support from family and friends, not to mention prayers, all combined to give Jack’s situation a hopeful, positive ending.
Last week Jack, his mom, dad and brothers Chris and Nick were the guests of CureSearch for Children’s Cancer at the Shark Shootout, Greg Norman’s tournament in Naples, Fla. Jack was the honored guest for the event and was the keynote speaker at the kickoff dinner Thursday night attended by more than 300 people at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The 22 golfers in the tournament field were all on hand and the list reads like a who’s who in golf: Mike Weir, Mark Calcavecchia, Justin Leonard, Rory Sabatini, Fred Funk, Davis Love III, David Duvall, Matt Kuchar and Darren Clark.
Jack’s speech at that dinner was incredible. “I do things like that for a living and could not have done as well as you,” were the words of Chris Berman when the little guy was finished. There was not a dry eye in the house, myself included. The next day at the golf clinic, put on by Norman with help from Bubba Watson and Ricky Fowler, Jack showed off his golfing talents by blasting shot after shot, long and straight down the fairway.
But the best was yet to come. On Saturday’s third round, Norman asked Jack if he would like to walk the 18 holes with him, with Nick and Chris joining them. “Are you kidding me? What about me?” I thought to myself. Talk about a thrill! They walked, I watched.
What a weekend and memories Jack will never forget. The one line I will never forget that Jack included in his five-minute speech on the road he has traveled to beat cancer was his wish that no boy or girl will ever go through what he’s gone through - and with everyone’s support, one day soon there will be no cancer.
Jack Rolle is my hero and I’m proud he’s my grandson.