Fresh off his 15 minutes of fame at the U.S. Open, Andrew Landry is making a difference for a family facing considerable adversity.
Landry, the 28-year-old Texan who led the Open after a first-round 66 and played his way into Sunday’s final pairing before fading from contention, has taken an interest in the plight of Austyn Halter, a 3-year-old girl from his hometown who was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia last August.
Landry donated $10,000 in proceeds from an endorsement deal he scored as a result of his Open success to Halter’s family and set up a GoFundMe page that had raised an additional $15,230 as of Thursday morning.
“I don’t have kids, so I don’t know what they’re going through, but I just wanted to help them out in some way,” Landry told Golf.com.
Halter recently was released from the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, and her family learned during Fourth of July weekend that her most recent biopsy results revealed that she is cancer-free, according to the Golf.com report.
Still, Halter’s parents face staggering costs associated with Austyn’s treatment and recovery that Landry’s efforts will help defray.
Landry may not have won the Open, but his actions reveal a championship-caliber character.