Twelve-year-old Clarkie Carroll has had a memorable year.
He wrapped up 10 months of chemotherapy in May to become cancer free.
Shortly after his final treatement, he produced our favorite trick shot of the year.
A few months later, he won the Glens Falls Country Club Junior Championship.
And just before Thanksgiving, he teamed up with the trick shot artists the Bryan Brothers to film a video that serves as both entertainment and a call to action.
You see, the Bryan Brothers have climbed to celebrity status in the golf world. Their videos are now posted on Golf Digest’s website and they are often picked up by TV shows like Gold Channel’s “Morning Drive.”
This is good news for Clarkie and his family, who are working to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity that funds research for childhood cancers.
Clarkie, whose grandparents live at Pinehurst No. 7, was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma more than a year ago. He’s had half of his right femur removed (that’s where the tumor was) and replaced by a titanium prosthesis. Fifty-four treatments and 17 rounds of chemo followed. Along the way, father Dave says Clarkie had “zero complaints.”
A message on Clarkie’s St. Baldrick’s page reads: “Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the U.S. and Canada, yet childhood cancer research is underfunded. Please join us in our efforts to change this and conquer childhood cancers.”
Underfunded may be an understatement. All types of childhood cancers combined receive only 4 percent of federal funding for cancer research, according to St. Baldrick’s.
Check out a few highlights from the video.
When asked where Rickie Fowler ranks among his favorite golfers, Clarkie simply says “Third.”
This gave Wesley a good chuckle. It’s likely Fowler himself soon will be laughing as he appears to be a fan of the trick shot videos.
Clarkie shares his story with Wesley, who gives him a fist bump for “punching cancer in the throat.”
Clarkie makes the Payne putt and celebrates accordingly.
In case you’re wondering, the shot was authentic. Clarkie dropped his ball near the same spot where Payne Stewart holed his winning U.S. Open putt in 1999. On the day of filming, the hole location was placed in the exact same spot as the day Payne made his fateful putt.
Clarkie caps off the day by teeing off at Pinehurst No. 2.
The Bryan Brothers plug Clarkie’s St. Baldrick website, which has more information about the charity and a link to donate to the cause.