COAL VALLEY, Ill. - For pro golfer Jason Bohn the John Deere Classic is more than just a tournament.
"The challenges that these youngsters are facing on a daily basis are so different that the challenges that we face on a daily basis and to see their happiness and their smiles, it really puts everything into perspective," says Bohn.
For nearly a decade he's partnered with Tudi's Tribe for Caddy For a Cure.
People can pledge money for every hole Bohn makes and all the proceeds go back to young cancer patients and their families.
Another highlight of the program comes on Wednesday.
Twelve kids will take turns playing caddy for Bohn during the Pro-AM.
"Walking on the green and stuff with him as he golfs and stuff is not something that not many people can experience, so it does make me feel special," says Parker Kress, a cancer patient and member of Tudi's Tribe.
"Some will carry the bags, some will carry the clubs," says Bohn.
"We just kind of walk down the fairway and talk about it, and talk about all the things that are going on in their lives."
Those long conversations have extended well beyond the golf course.
"I went through a lot of surgeries this year and after everyone he texted me asking how I was, and that meant a lot," says Kress.
Though some of the kids have lost their battle with cancer, they are still part of the event every year.
"All their names are on this putter, so it's emotional," says Bohn.
The putter is used on the 18th hole making it a special part of the day for Bohn.
"Most years I make the put with this putter, so it's kind of like a little inspiration from above," says Bohn.
Drawing inspiration from kids who have become family.
"All these kids have become a big part of my life now, so they're like extended family," says Bohn. "So it's nice you know whenever you come back and see family, that's what it's all about."
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