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Monday
Dec042017

Perspective: Morgan Hoffmann On His Muscular Dystrophy Diagnosis

A powerful, emotional and inspiring read from PGA Tour player Morgan Hoffmann, who writes about learning of his diagnosis, his research into cures and the inspiration he's drawn from his efforts on behalf of childhood charity work.

You can read it here. (*Hoffmann will discuss his story on Morning Drive Tuesday in the 8:30 am ET portion of the show)

Even though the type of muscular dystrophy that I have doesn’t pose an immediate threat to my life, there is a good chance that it will shorten it. I don’t know when that will happen, because there’s no way to gauge the speed at which the disease will spread.

But please know this: This disease won’t keep me from achieving my dream of winning on the PGA Tour — and it shouldn’t keep anyone else from chasing their dreams either.

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Reader Comments (14)

Hi Morgan just wanted to say I was sorry to hear about your diagnosis. This type of MD runs in my family. I had a Aunt & Cousin who were in wheelchairs with FSH. I was diagnosed at 18months old. I am now 54. My mother and my two siblings have FSH. My older brother struggled with sports as a kid no upper body strength. My younger brother played hockey and baseball did pretty well. He played college baseball in the 90s. My father was a big athlete played Hockey, Baseball he was a pitching coach for U of M for 8 yrs. He has 6 rings out of the 8 yrs he was there. And later golfed everyday he could. Loved golfing! He had a very hard time excepting that his children had FSH. My brother did pretty well in sports. I just worry about my nieces and nephews. My nephews are big sports nuts! Lol one is 14 and is playing High school hockey and also plays baseball. The other is 10 and plays baseball.
I just want to wish you well and thank you for all you've done with the under privileged children keep up the great work and may God Bless you! Oh don't know if you know there was a New Jersey Nets Announcer named Chris Carrino. He's always doing so much to raise money for FSH. Again I wish you well! Thanks for reading. 🙂
12.4.2017 | Unregistered CommenterVicky
Read the entire article from Morgan it is extremely well written and moving!

I am now a passionate fan of Morgan, not because of what he is facing but because of how he thinks and acts.
12.4.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPABoy
That's a tough pill to swallow. He sounds like a pretty well-grounded young man. All the best to him.
12.4.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBDF
My God what a brave soul!
12.4.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Constructive
Total and utter respect - Godspeed Morgan, you are now the #1 player I am rooting for on Tour.
12.4.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJerry
Always liked watching Morgan Hoffman, good looking guy and carries himself very well. Really nice manner about him. Really hope he gets some wins!
12.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRob S
I watched him hit balls on the practice range at the Masters a few years ago. Beautiful stroke, very capable of winning on the tour.
He is a credit to the PGA Tour. Hopefully, one day, gene therapy or some other treatment will prevent or reverse this disease.
Morgan did a clinic for our kids at The First Tee in Newark a while back. You can tell when guys are going through the motions or if someone really wants to be there - he was definitely the latter, very generous in time and spirit. His courage and strength in the face of this challenge will be an even bigger inspiration.
Wow - his setback has shown that he's more a man and wonderful human than he is a golfer.

Golf Channel should've had him in studio instead of over the phone for the interview this morning.
12.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPaul
What an insidious disease and an interesting and thoughtful person. If you've not done so I strongly suggest reading the piece provided in the link.
Side note: my cousin Brian died as a result of MD about 35 years ago. It was a slow and painful death that obviously affected the entire family. He had been asked to be the "poster child" for the MD Telethon but was too ill to assume that role. At his funeral I had to excuse myself for a couple of minutes due to emotions. As I walked back down the aisle I noticed a familiar face sitting a couple of pews from the back. The man was weeping and genuinely overcome with emotion. It was Jerry lewis. He showed up without fanfare or announcement.
I wish Mr. Hoffman success and happiness in his life journey. He has a new fan. In these cynical times it reinforces my conviction that man is inherently good.
12.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCroDad
Morgan, all the best to you. I too have MD diagnosed 5 years ago after much searching like yourself. I play amateur, paid mini-tours and noticed the drives getting shorter and shorter and workouts were becoming of little effect. I have little in the way of pecs now but after not giving up (I put the clubs down for 2 years due to the disappointment) I had a second and fifth places on tour this year and getting better fundamentally. Diet and exercise have me looking forward to playing next year. Keep on keeping on! I am 61, 5 hdcp and working to get better. All the best and will be following you.
12.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGregg
Godspeed Morgan
12.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterEvan Pur
I also had a cousin die from MD that onset for him at a very young age. It is a horrible disease. I hope the form Mr. Hoffman has is not severe.
12.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMatt H.
Thoughts and prayers to Morgan and his family.
12.7.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJupiter

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