“PINK OUT” TRIBUTE TO THE MICKELSONS
The PGA Tour Charities has made contributions to many communities organization and causes over the years, and several golfers have their own foundation, working with kids, working with Louganis disease among other interest. But this week when the PGA TOUR Wives Association in conjunction with the PGA TOUR organized the “Pink Out” tribute to Amy Mickelson, I was extremely overwhelmed by the show of support. The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial tournament and the Susan G. Komen for a Cure Foundation. Players, caddies, wives and fans were asked to wear pink to support the Mickelsons and the other women battling breast cancer, and it was a huge turnout of support.
Contributions to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation were collected on site. Fans were also asked to sign a banner of support at the 13th hole that will be sent to the Mickelsons, as will more than 1,000 e-mails that PGATOUR.COM has collected from fans.
Amy Mickelson and her husband, Phil, the defending champion, spent Saturday afternoon watching the third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and were amazed by the outpouring of support as people both inside and outside the ropes wore pink to promote awareness for breast cancer research. Amy was diagnosed with the disease last week.
“We have been home watching the golf at Colonial surrounded by loved ones,” Amy said in a statement on her husband’s website. “Every time we see a player, caddy, announcer, or fan wearing pink we are overwhelmed by the love and support we feel. “The 11 days since we received the diagnosis have been very difficult, but this incredible gesture helps us feel so much stronger. We are determined to overcome this. Today’s ‘Pink Out’ will help all people, whether they’re fighting breast cancer or helping a loved one, know that they are not alone.”
Phil Mickelson was to defend his title at Colonial but suspended his schedule indefinitely last week after his wife was diagnosed. He said in a statement earlier this week that doctors believed the cancer was caught early. The couple is awaiting test results that will help determine the next course of action.
Mickelson said in a statement on his website earlier this week that he and his wife “had tears rolling down our faces” when they heard about the “Pink Out” celebration. “That is such an incredibly thoughtful gesture, not only for Amy, but for the 200,000 women who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. “I know it will mean a lot to them, too,” he said.
The Mickelsons met in 1992 and were married in 1996. The couple has three children. Amy can be frequently seen walking in her husband’s gallery and has endeared herself to fans with her bright smile and the ease with which she interacts with the crowd.
“Amy is such a supportive and loving life partner,” the three-time major champion said in his statement earlier this week. “She has always put me and our family first. Now it’s time for her and her health to come first and as we face this challenge together.”