On Friday July 1, Grace, Jane Park’s 10-month-old daughter, was rushed to hospital with seizures and swelling of the brain. Park posted the news on his Instagram account after missing the cut at the Volunteers of America Classic. She and her husband, Pete Godfrey, who are Ariya Jutanugarn’s caddies, both take time off work while they stay in Dallas with their daughter.
Friend and LPGA veteran Tiffany Joh opened a GoFundMe account to support baby Grace so the family doesn’t have to focus on foraging while she’s away from home. Emma Talley hosted two prayer sessions during the pro-am at the LPGA Classic Marathon on Wednesday, where LPGA players, caddies and officials circled the 18th green to pray for Grace.
A Golfweek article noted that the LPGA sounded a horn at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. so everyone on the course could participate in the family time of silence. LPGA players will also wear pink ribbons at the Marathon to show their support.
The LPGA is a “traveling circus” and a “traveling family,” said Talley. “We are all together every week and we go from place to place. When people are in need, we can help them.
Doctors believe the seizures are caused by a virus or an autoimmune problem and expect her to stay in the hospital for at least three weeks, according to an LPGA article. Park posted regular updates on his Instagram and started a blog to express the struggles his family and daughter are going through.
“My daughter is not alike. I know it’s her under that swollen, lifeless shell that I see outside, ”Park said in her first post. “I try not to look at her too much because my heart hurts so much that I hardly feel like myself anymore.
“Her once plump and pink lips are chapped, cracked and hard. Her little fingers that loved to pinch my skin and pull my hair are all so still in the splint that they have her arm to keep the IV from moving. Her legs were once the most active part of her tiny body and are now draped over a rolled up towel to avoid staying in one position for too long. Those legs that normally kick me during diaper changes and twist as I struggle to clean her with a wipe are just still. As still as I have ever seen them in his 10 months on this earth.
“All of your Venmo messages and gifts for food serve to boost our battery to recharge and give us the strength to stand up and fight for our little one. So we thank you. All of you. Even messages from people that I don’t know, I have read them all. Thanks for reading and I look forward to using my words in the near future to help deal with what we are going through. “