It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a deserving teen during the week of the 2023 Sanford International.
Landyn Keiser, 15, was treated to a shopping spree at Scheels sporting goods store in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
But not without help from Rob Labritz of the PGA Tour Champions and Cindy Rarick of the LPGA who accompanied him throughout the morning.
“I love to see him so excited and enthusiastic about this event and the International,” Rarick told Sanford Health News. “It’s fun to be a part of this and to be a personal shopper.”
The morning also included dropping off brand new toys – Landyn and the players picked them out from Scheels – to the Sanford Children’s Hospital, a place he knows well after more than a year of recovery.
The Fordyce, Nebraska, teen was injured in a UTV accident in May of 2021. He has had more than 50 surgeries, several skin grafts and almost two years of rehab due to the extent of his injuries. Despite early predictions that Landyn would never walk again, he’s now playing basketball and running.
Landyn and his family come to Sioux Falls once a week for physical therapy and strength training at the Sanford Fieldhouse.
“He is so deserving after everything he went through and he’s right in his element at his favorite store,” mom Daisy Keiser said. “To get a chance to come in and shop for himself is pretty special.”
The Sanford Health Foundation and Sanford International named Landyn the 2023 Sanford Children’s Hospital Ambassador who is representing the hospital at the Sanford International and tournament events throughout the year, including the ceremonial first tee shot during the opening ceremony.
He is the seventh Sanford Children’s Hospital Ambassador, joining Jaxon and Jeren Scheff (2018), Avery Hill (2019), Ben Wieman (2020), Cobey DeSchepper (2021) and Sam Matheson (2022).
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