KG Receives 2010 Chelsea Cohen Courage Award 10-18-10 in Old Greenwich
Ken’s comments about receiving 2010 Chelsea Cohen Award, from his Blog #82 10-20-2010:
“I was lucky enough to receive the Chelsea Cohen Award on October 18th. For those of you who do not know, Chelsea was a 17 year old young athlete who lost her life to cancer about 4 years ago. From everything I have learned about her from people and her family, she was a wonderful girl and fighter to the last breath. She and her family endured a 2 ½ year battle which must have been absolutely heartbreaking on her family. Take a minute and think about the emotional pain that her family, friends and her herself must have gone through. I was proud and honored to meet her family and will always cherish this award because of her and not because of the “so called courage” that I received this award for. Another reason we need to step back and stop bitching about the little things that go wrong in our lives. I will fight to never do that for the rest of my days. . . That Monday, the 18th, I did not have one ounce of pain. At 4:00am the next morning it has been back to its usual. As most of you know, I have had less then 3 days of no pain. I believe with all my heart that there were others on my side that day and would not ruin that day for the 600+ people that were there. I hope this makes sense…you know how I type!…”
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10-18-10: “Ken Green Receives 2010 Chelsea Cohen Courage Award”
Danbury native Ken Green, who has been a professional golfer for three decades, received the 2010 Chelsea Cohen Courage Award. Green was involved in an automobile accident last summer, an accident in which his brother, girlfriend and dog were killed. The injuries he suffered to his right leg in the crash forced him to have his lower right leg amputated.
Determined to make a comeback, Green is back on the course playing Champions Tour events.
“I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t have the support of so many people,” Green said. “I have received so much support from friends, strangers, everyone, has given me encouragement. This whole ordeal has caused me to fight through a bad situation.”
PHOTO: PGA golfer and Danbury native Ken Green speaks with Barbara Rittner during the Fairfield County Hall of Fame awards ceremony at the Greenwich Hyatt Regency Monday, Oct. 18, 2010. Rittner’s daughter Chelsea Cohen died of cancer, Green was awarded the Chelsea Cohen Courage Award.
Photo: Keelin Daly / Stamford Advocate
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8-21-10: “Green Earns Sports Commission’s Courage Award”
By Chris Elsberry, CTPost.com
This one was a no-brainer. Ken Green, a 5-time winner on the PGA Tour, who lost the lower half of his right leg in a tragic RV accident last June and recovered enough to return to the Champions Tour this summer, has been named as the winner of the 2010 Chelsea Cohen Courage Award by the Fairfield County Sports Commission. The former Danbury resident will accept the award at the commission’s 6th annual “Sports Night” banquet at the Greenwich Hyatt on Oct. 18, it was announced Friday by executive director Tom Chiappetta.
“I told Tom I wouldn’t miss it for the world. I will be back in October,” Green said by phone as he headed to Orlando, Fla., to be fitted for a new, smaller prosthetic. “I’m honored. I get goose pimples just thinking about it.”
Coming back from a Tour event in Texas, Green’s RV blew a tire in Mississippi, rolled down an embankment and crashed into a tree. Green’s brother Billy, his girlfriend Jeannie Hodgin and his dog, Nip, were all killed. Green suffered a serious head injury as well as having his right leg amputated just below the knee. Determined to honor Billy, Jeannie and Nip’s memory, Green vowed to play professional golf again. And in April, he paired up with Mike Reid and played in the Champions Tour Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf tournament. A month later, Green played in his first individual Champions Tour tournament, the Regions Charity Classic, shooting rounds of 74-76-75, and amazingly, finishing ahead of 3 other players in the field. Recently, he competed in the State Open at the Country Club of Fairfield, shooting a 2-over 74 in the first round but was forced to withdraw due to pain in his amputated leg.
Just about a month ago, Green underwent a procedure called a “kryoblast” where the nerve endings in the stump are frozen but it could take up to 6 weeks to determine if it worked. “I talked to a pain doctor and he said I have to relate to a car battery. It’s trying to work but it’s slowly dying, so it’s going to keep fighting,” Green said. “Maybe that’s what’s going to happen (it’ll work and the pain will stop) or it’s going to win the battle and continue on.”
But in the meantime, Green continues his comeback fight. Just like Cohen — who was a standout girls soccer player at Norwalk High — did when she was first diagnosed with sarcoma cancer in 2004. For two years, she underwent radiation and radical chemotherapy treatments, constantly fighting to get healthy before passing away on Aug. 2, 2006.
“I know a little of what happened. From what I heard she was a wonderful, young girl and fought the fight with a smile and courage herself,” Green said of Cohen. “To be honored is a wonderful thing. Obviously, what I’ve gone through, it’s been a rough road. As her parents can relate, losing a child is the worst of the worst and I’ve lost obviously more and fighting the battle with the leg but it does me wonderful inside knowing that people care and say, `Hey, Ken Green is really fighting the fight.’ I respect that immensely.”
8-21-10: “Green Looks Deep Inside as He Continues Golf Comeback”
By Chris Elsberry, CTPost.com
It was the best of times and the worst of times. One day, Ken Green was feeling that he had turned the corner as far as the pain in his amputated right leg was concerned. He had compared the pain to sticking your finger into a light socket and having to endure that agonizing feeling for hours, not just seconds. A couple of weeks ago, it briefly looked as though that pain might be ending. Green played a round of golf at his home course in West Palm Beach, Fla., the Breakers, and shot 66, the lowest round he’s played since his comeback to the Champions Tour began back in April. . .
8-24-10: “No Quick Return For Green After All”
By Bruce Berlet, CTGolfer.com
Turns out the optimism early Monday won’t be coming to fruition for Danbury native Ken Green. Kenny had hoped to receive a sponsor’s exemption to the Champions Tour’s Hospice First Tee Open at his favorite course, Pebble Beach, and play competitively in 2 weeks for the first time since having to WD after the first round of the Connecticut Open because of excessive pain in his right leg, the lower part of which was amputated 14 months ago after a horrific RV accident that killed his brother, girlfriend and dog.