Beau Wows the Legends

If you are into golf, Monday was a big day in Columbus. Jack Nicklaus was in town with 2011 Memorial tournament winner Steve Stricker and two-time United States Open Champion Andy North to host the annual Legends Luncheon. The Luncheon, presented by Nationwide Insurance is a huge fundraiser for Nationwide Children’s and the Ohio Union Ballroom was packed with hundreds of guests who helped raise more than $275,000 for the hospital and the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation (a huge thanks to our friends at Nationwide and the Tournament)!

It was a wonderful day for golf fans but the star of the show was six year old Beau Hefner. Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara announced during the event that Beau is the 2012 winner of the “Nicklaus Youth Spirit Award.” This award is given to a child or young adult who demonstrates a strong, driving spirit in overcoming obstacles, an unwavering optimistic outlook, and a strong conviction for their connection to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. We couldn’t think of a more deserving recipient than Beau.

Many of you may remember Beau from the holiday campaign and earlier this month his mom, Tiffani shared a post on this blog to update us on Beau’s progress. Beau has been battling Leukemia for more than a year and his treatment will continue until 2015. We’re thrilled to report that Beau is doing great and together with his family has faced this challenge with hope, optimism and a commitment to help others through their experience.

Beau showed up at the event dressed to impress in a suit and a new set of dress shoes (although he was more excited to tell me about his new sneakers that make him run faster than a cheetah!) There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Beau joined his dad Marcus on-stage to accept the award from Jack Nicklaus. As part of the remarks, Beau recited the poem, “Chemo to the Rescue.” He knows it by heart because he says it every time he has chemotherapy or takes medication. It’s amazing when one six year-old can move a room of Legends and Leaders. You go Beau!

Check out Beau in this local news story about his award and the Legends Luncheon

Donna Teach
Donna Teach is Chief Marketing & Communication Officer at Nationwide Children's. Her job is to help the hospital feel "connected" – Connected to each other, connected to our patients and their families, referring physicians, the community and the world.

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