PHS senior served as ambassador at Las Vegas PGA Tour event
PHS senior served as ambassador at Las Vegas PGA Tour event
Monday, November 6, 2017
Pattonville High School senior Madelyn Hubbs was one of 22 patients from the Shriners Hospital for Children national network chosen to serve as a patient ambassador at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, an official PGA Tour event held Nov. 4 and 5 in Las Vegas.

Hubbs served as a standard-bearer during the weekend, carrying the scores of a group of professional golfers as they competed in the tournament. It was a rare “behind the ropes” opportunity at PGA Tour event, as well as the chance to share how Shriners Hospitals have helped transform her life.

“I'm really excited to have the chance to represent my St. Louis Shriners Hospital at the SHC Open and have the opportunity to meet patients from other Shriners Hospitals throughout the country,” Hubbs said. “And to do it all while being up close and personal at a PGA Tour tournament and getting the chance to meet professional golfers makes it even more exciting.”

Hubbs, 17, was born unique. She goes horseback riding, enjoys reading and riding her bike, and competes on the Pattonville High School swim team and co-ed water polo team, and she does it all one-handed. Born missing her entire left arm, Hubbs doesn't let her physical difference hold her back. Displaying a confidence that most adults don't have, she is unafraid to attempt any activity, challenge, or obstacle - proving to others that anything is possible.

Hubbs is primarily supported through the occupational therapy department at Shriners Hospitals for Children in St. Louis. To thank the hospital for the support and treatment she receives, Hubbs volunteers to speak at disability awareness and anti-bullying programs, helps out during hospital events and activities, and even hosts her own fund-raisers and toy drives to benefit the hospital.

As part of her participation in the tournament, Hubbs' story and photo appeared in the tournament program, and her information was shared with the Golf Channel, which televised the tournament nationally, for use during the broadcast. The broadcast reached more than 700 million homes across 240 countries worldwide.