Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla, January 3: The PGA TOUR today launched a fundraising effort, ‘January for Jarrod’ to help Jarrod Lyle and his family meet the significant costs he now faces after undergoing his third bone marrow transplant for acute myeloid leukemia on December 6.
Lyle, 36, and currently a member of the Web.com Tour who has also been a PGA TOUR member on five occasions between 2007 and 2016, suffered a third leukemia recurrence in July 2017. The surgery was performed in Melbourne, Australia, about 90 minutes from his home in Torquay. There is no timetable for returning to golf, with Lyle focusing exclusively on his rehabilitation at this time.
“It’s of utmost importance for the PGA TOUR family and the golf community to come together and help Jarrod and his family both spiritually and financially during ‘January for Jarrod’ month,” said PGA TOUR EVP and Chief Tournaments and Competitions Officer Andy Pazder. “Jarrod would be the first player to support others in their time of need, and now it’s our turn to help he and his wife Briony and their two young children, Lusi and Jemma.”
To make a non-tax-deductible gift to the Lyle family, do so directly at www.youcaring.com/januaryforjarrod. All proceeds will go directly to the family to offset day-to-day living, family and medical expenses.
Lyle’s first brush with the disease came in 1999 at age 17, as he was confined to his bed for nine months while undergoing chemotherapy treatments. It took another 12 months before he had the energy to walk a golf course again. Several years later, Lyle went on to earn his maiden PGA TOUR card in 2007.
In his fifth season on TOUR in 2012, Lyle’s season was limited to just seven starts due to chemotherapy and rehabilitation needed for his second battle with leukemia. Lyle made a comeback in December 2013 at the Talisker Masters in his native Australia. He then returned to the PGA TOUR at the 2014 Safeway Open, having last played on TOUR at the 2016 Wyndham Championship.
Lyle was awarded the 2015 PGA TOUR Courage Award for courage and perseverance, overcoming extraordinary adversity and making a significant and meaningful contribution to the game of golf. His award came with a $25,000 donation in his name to Challenge – Supporting Kids with Cancer, an Australian non-profit organization that delivers daily support to children and families living with cancer.
Lyle has five top-10 finishes in 121 career PGA TOUR starts, with a best finish of T4 at the 2012 Genesis Open. On the Web.com Tour, Lyle has two wins, both coming in 2008, a season in which he finished fourth on the season-long money list.
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