In December of 2009, Braxton Poloskey was diagnosed with cancer in his brain stem. Recently, brother Brayden, an 8-year-old golfer on the Callaway Junior Tour, took a page out of pro-golfer Phil Mickelson's book, using pink equipment in tournament play to show support for his ailing brother, the San Diego Union Tribune reports.
Mickelson, who's wife Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer, wore a pink ribbon
during the Masters tournament at Augusta in 2010, winning the prestigious event with an extraordinary performance. The Mickelsons have since become public advocates for breast cancer awareness
, making Pink Ribbon activities news both in and beyond the scope of the PGA tour.
Brayden, who has seen recent success on the Callaway Junior tour, uses a pink ball, pink tees and wears a pink hat during events.
"I feel like he's got a guardian angel looking after him," father Jerry told the news source. "He cares a great deal about his brother and loves him."
In 1960, about one out of every 14 women was diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime, according to the Pink Ribbon Project. Today, that number is closer to one in 8. By adopting Pink Ribbon initiatives, groups and individuals raise awareness for breast cancer survivors & supporters. News of Mickelson's and Brayden's support has done well for cancer awareness efforts.