Thursday, March 7, 2013
Fred Gutierrez has accomplished his amazing goal of walking and playing 36 holes of golf in one day.
Gutierrez has a condition known as Left Hemiplegia from a gunshot wound to his head. This condition is common among stroke patients. For 16 years he has been paralyzed on the left side of his body from the top of his head to the bottom of his foot.
Not only did Gutierrez walk all 36 holes during the For the Glory of God Golf Marathon, he also played quality golf firing a career-low round of 85 in the opening 18 holes that featured five pars and two birdies (all while news cameras were rolling). The second round was not quite as good as the first, but he pared the final hole to shoot in the low 90’s as about 60 spectators welcomed him at the final green.
Six months ago Gutierrez had difficulty walking nine holes, but playing on a weekly basis he gradually built his stamina so he could walk further and further on the course. Then he received Botox injections in his limbs to help reduce his pain levels and decrease the tautness of his muscles.
Gutierrez also started to receive acupuncture treatments that he says helped him regain mobility in his limbs and quiet his mind. Gutierrez has struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for nearly 30 years.
The primary goal of the For the Glory of God Golf Marathon was to give glory and praise to God for the amazing improvements in Gutierrez’s life in the past few months. As a secondary goal, he wanted to generate awareness of the benefits of Botox and acupuncture for individuals suffering from partial paralysis, strokes and PTSD.
If individuals or corporations would like to donate money to support his efforts, he is asking that donations be made to Gifting Warriors (501 C3 Non Profit EIN #27-3492685). To make a donation, visit www.giftingwarriors.org.
Gifting Warriors is a charity located in Goose Creek that is dedicated to helping veterans nationwide, but especially here in the Lowcountry. The organization prides itself on maintaining very low administrative costs so that virtually all of the money goes to helping the veterans in need in our community.