Tiger Woods, 14-time major winner sent a personal letter of support to a teenage boy named Dillon after an LPGA player Sophie Gustafson, brought his story to the attention of Golf Digest journalist Ron Sirak.
Dillon had been driven to attempt suicide after classmates bullied and taunted him over his stutter, a condition Gustafson has struggled with throughout her successful two-decade professional career.
Having read the story, Woods, a stutterer himself in his youth, immediately sent off the letter after his camp contacted Sirak to ask for Dillon’s home address.
This is what Dillon had to say:
“On Saturday, I got a letter from Tiger! He told me that he used to stutter too. We are going to frame the letter. We have never seen a golf tournament in person, only on TV. I told my mom that when my leg gets better (he fractured his leg in his suicide attempt) I think that would be a fun thing to do.”
“I hope that maybe one other person out there that is also having struggles, will hear my story and realize suicide is not the answer and maybe it can help them. I just acted on impulse and now wish that I hadn’t. I was just tired of feeling small and like I didn’t matter. I know that I do matter with the help of my family and friends like you to support me. So thank you and please thank Ron. You are a really great person.”
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