“Riley kid” Ashtyn Brown, a two-time cancer survivor, told her story to reporters this week as she announced her involvement with the 2014 Legends Championship.
Brown, 21, plays golf for the University of Indianapolis. She is using her talents on and of the golf course to help raise funds for the Riley Children’s Foundation — an organization close to her heart.
“On July 9, 1999, I was 6 years old,” Brown said. “I walked through the doors of Riley Hospital and within three hours I had a diagnosis and a treatment plan.”
She had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), which is a very treatable cancer but also a very aggressive cancer, she said.
“Three years later in 2002, the cancer had returned,” she said. “I was 9 years old and weighed 35 pounds. The second time I had cancer was much more difficult. I got a fungal infection and the medicine was not working.”
She said it was Riley physician Dr. Jeffrey Goldman who spent day and night looking for treatment options that saved her life.
“I was at Riley for six months and then had two and a half years of chemo and radiation,” Brown said. “My life was saved right here on these grounds.”
In 2010, she was honored as a Riley Champion, which honors patients for their courage, strength, and philanthropic hearts. In 2011, Brown represented Riley Hospital for Children as the ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in Orlando, Fla., the final stop of the PGA Tour.
This summer she will share her journey at the Legends Championship benefiting the Riley Children’s Foundation Aug. 13 to 17 at French Lick Resort.
Brown helped to announce the LPGA Legends Championship partnership with Riley and French Lick Resort at a press conference.
Steve Ferguson, chairman of the board for the Cook Group, also helped make the announcement.