Cook Children’s in the community


Each year, the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial brings tourists, golf fanatics, and some of the world’s best professional golfers to Fort Worth during the week before Memorial Day. Louis Oosthuizen, a South African born PGA golfer, was in town to play in the tournament. While staying at a nearby hotel with his family, Louis’ 2-year-old daughter, Sophia, got her hand stuck in the hinges of the bathroom door and nearly lost a finger. Louis immediately rushed Sophia to Cook Children’s where she underwent surgery to repair the injury. “If I’m in doubt ever to have any surgery or something for my kids, I’ll fly in to see them,” Oosthuizen said. “The way they handled it, the way they spoke to us and treated the kids — it was amazing to us. I didn’t even know there were hospitals like that,” said Louis. To read the full article, visit the PGA Tour website.

Louis Oosthuizen

Also taking place during the week of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial was the 25th Annual Bedpan Open. PGA golfers participating in the tournament took time to visit with patients and their families at the medical center and play putt putt golf on a course designed by our Child Life Specialists in our atrium! This year’s golfers were Bo Van Pelt, Mark Wilson, Sean O’Hair and Dustin Johnson. View pictures from the day here!

25th Annual Bedpan Open

While in Fort Worth, Dustin Johnson not only visited our patients at Cook Children’s but he also pledged to donate $500 for each birdie he made during the local tournament. He was true to his word and generously donated $7,000 to Cook Children’s to cover his 14 birdies! “I want to help support kids in any way I can,” Dustin said. “They do such a great job at Cook Children’s Medical Center. It’s a wonderful facility. I was really glad to get to go there and visit with some of the kids.” We are so thankful for Dustin and all the golfers that have a heart for our patients.