TOLDEO, Ohio – U.S. team members had the words “Happy Birthday” on their hats on Day 2 of the Solheim Cup.
The tribute was to LPGA player Jane Park’s daughter, Grace, who turned 1 Sunday. Grace Park suddenly became ill on July 1 and rushed to the hospital with seizures and swelling in the brain.
Jane Park has provided updates throughout a blog post and on social media and, tragically, Grace has not recovered.
Jane revealed on Instagram Saturday, that Grace returned home on September 3, but that the family’s life has changed forever over the last two months:
“On the eve of her first birthday, I am filled with enormous sadness and grief. Instead of feeling festive, I prepare her medicine for the day, crush pills and mix with water, clean syringes, rinse ag-tubes with water, change her feeding bag, do hours of physiotherapy, constantly watch if she throws up her medicine everything while trying not to cry. I usually save the tears for the evening after she goes to bed.
“Today’s weight is finally unloaded on me, and I collapse in a corner of the house so I can muffle my cries. A mother must be the strong one, right? I can only hold it together during the day when she needs me the most, and when she rests at night, that’s when I fall apart.
“I still can not talk to her without breaking down in tears. I know I’ll have to tell her happy birthday tomorrow, and I do not know how to gather the words to tell her that. Wherever you are, think of Grace and wish her a happy birthday in your mind and heart, and maybe I can sing her a birthday song tomorrow. ”
ONE GoFundMe account was created by another LPGA player and friend Tiffany Joh.