Friday, April 6, 2012

Tiger Woods vs Multiple Sclerosis Caregiver

The challengesof living with Multiple Sclerosis and the PR maxim that any publicity is goodpublicity are certainly getting a trial by fire this week.

     “… There is a part of me, a big part ofme, that will be rooting against Tiger Woods
     In fact, there is a part of me that hopesTiger Woods never wins another golf tournament.     He is not a good person, and I’m sorry, Isimply cannot root for athletes who treat those around them like garbage…”
     “…Tiger Woods' half-siblings say theircalls for help from the golf superstar have fallen on deaf ears.     Woods' older half-sibling Kevin Woods hasbeen battling multiple sclerosis and is now confined to a wheelchair. He needsa caretaker and is in danger of losing his San Jose home…”
   "We haven't asked Tiger for adime," says Earl Jr., who lives in Phoenix. "Not even tickets to atournament. But Kevin's losing his home. He needs a caregiver and he can't havea caregiver and keep his home at the same time.   A spokesman for Tiger said that he'spreparing for the Masters and wouldn't be returning my call to talk about it..”
While UScelebrity and sports driven media feeds on the larger than life story involvedin the Woods brothers dealing or not dealing with MS as an extended family, Ifor one wish that the families and friends of the other 400,000 Americans and2.5 million people worldwide diagnosed with MS take the time to look in themirror.

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer