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Andy North, Beyond The Fairways
RSS No Comments | Posted by Bill on March 3, 2013

IMG955769I had the pleasure of being the emcee for the Vince Lombardi Award of Excellence Dinner Ball this past Saturday night.  We honored Wisconsin’s own, and two-time US Open Champion, Andy North.

Andy’s one of only 16 golfers ever to have won the US Open twice but it was his insight into life, the perspective that he gained during his battle with cancer that impressed me the most.

Andy was humble when it came to his own achievements but when it came to cancer, he was frank; it scared him.

Perspective came when he looked the crowd in the eyes and stated that no matter how much they gave, one single dollar could lead some doctor to the a discovery that could net him or her the grant that eventually leads to a cure for this dreaded, and ever changing, disease.

Vince Lombardi lost his fight against cancer when he was 57.  If we knew then what we know now, the revered coach might have lived to a ripe old age.

North called for knowledge, research and dedication to the fight against this dreaded disease because, as the ESPN golf analyst stated, he wanted to be present for the dinner ball when there was no reason to raise funds in the fight against cancer because cancer was as curable as the common cold.

Lombardi said to his team once, ” I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle — victorious.”

Andy North embodies that indomitable spirit.  Congratulations Andy, you’re very deserving.

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