MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – As the World Gold Championships FedEx St. Jude Invitational gets underway, FedEx and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital dedicated a plane from the FedEx fleet Thursday, in honor of patient Reid.
At 6-years-old. Reid’s parents say they thought he had allergies. But two days later, he was checked into St. Jude for cancer. Reid went through 16-months of therapy and has been in remission for 3-and-a-half years.
Officials used Thursday’s golf tournament event as a backdrop to top off his journey.
“They’re fighting hard there and to be able to come out and do things like this and recognize kids for the long battle they’re going through, its irreplaceable,” said his father Barry Russell.
“Just look at him today. He’s thriving. He loves golf. Just two days ago he sang with the lead singer of Journey and sang that song Don’t Stop Believing. And I think it epitomizes everything Reid stands for and what this day is all about. Reid didn’t quit believing, he knew he was going to get cured and look at him today,” said Rick Shadyac, CEO of ALSAC.
Reid is an avid golf enthusiast and pilot, like his FedEx pilot dad. Reid says on his bucket list is to circle the globe countless times.