Friday, April 06, 2012

Tiger Woods vs Multiple Sclerosis Caregiver

The challenges of living with Multiple Sclerosis and the PR maxim that any publicity is good publicity are certainly getting a trial by fire this week.

     “… There is a part of me, a big part of me, that will be rooting against Tiger Woods
     In fact, there is a part of me that hopes Tiger Woods never wins another golf tournament.     He is not a good person, and I’m sorry, I simply cannot root for athletes who treat those around them like garbage…”
     “…Tiger Woods' half-siblings say their calls for help from the golf superstar have fallen on deaf ears.     Woods' older half-sibling Kevin Woods has been battling multiple sclerosis and is now confined to a wheelchair. He needs a caretaker and is in danger of losing his San Jose home…”
   "We haven't asked Tiger for a dime," says Earl Jr., who lives in Phoenix. "Not even tickets to a tournament. But Kevin's losing his home. He needs a caregiver and he can't have a caregiver and keep his home at the same time.   A spokesman for Tiger said that he's preparing for the Masters and wouldn't be returning my call to talk about it..”
While US celebrity and sports driven media feeds on the larger than life story involved in the Woods brothers dealing or not dealing with MS as an extended family, I for one wish that the families and friends of the other 400,000 Americans and 2.5 million people worldwide diagnosed with MS take the time to look in the mirror.

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer 


  1. shameful!

    how can someone turn their back on family.... and it's not as if Tiger doesn't have the resources to make life a little bit easier for his sibling....


  2. Sorry, I never liked Tiger Woods and never rooted him on. So, it didn't surprise when he treated others badly. My husband, who worships the golf gods, thinks Tiger is a great person. I'll root for Phil or Rory or Lee or... not Mr. Woods. During this Masters weekend, I hope I won't hear his name.

  3. Oh gosh, that is awful of him not to help a "bit" (or more than a bit). He should be ashamed of himself or embarrassed, but probably sadly he is neither. After his marital "troubles" he went down quite a bit in my opinion about him, now he went down even more. I hope you are feeling as good as you can feel at this part of your recovery, Patrick, and wishing you and yours a Happy Easter.

    (and if you take an inkling to, check out my blog entry for today called Friends :)


  4. Hey its really bad to turn back on family, he will understand this when his kids will do the same thing he did.


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