Erik Compton – heart of a champion

With the World Cup soccer extravaganza being blasted all over creation, you might not have noticed that the 2010 U.S. Open Golf Championship began yesterday and will be played throughout this weekend at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California. As always, Tiger Woods will probably get most of the attention. But this year, one golfer, Erik Compton just may steal the show. It is not the fact he is competing in his first U.S. Open, or even his first major championship that puts the spotlight on Compton. What makes Erik Compton’s story amazing is not only did he finally qualify (after several attempts) for this year’s U.S. Open, but he did so as a two-time heart transplant recipient. Even Tiger can’t top that accomplishment. Compton received his first heart transplant in 1992 and his second transplant in 2007. Erik Compton may not win the Open, (currently he is in 126th place), but  the fact he is even alive today is a major success story. I have attached an video sharing Erik Compton’s story (

 Also, considering this Sunday is also Father’s Day, I wanted to mention Erik Compton is a relatively new dad too. His daughter Petra, now 14-months-old, was born on February 22, 2008. Obviously, the Compton family has lots to celebrate.

Holding up the 2010 U.S. Open Champion trophy would be an awesome feeling for Erik, I’m sure. But, being a dad myself, I bet holding his beautiful daughter in his arms this Sunday and a hundred Sundays from now will be pretty special too. I hope thousands of people tune in to watch the U.S. Open, hear Erik’s story of second chances and are inspired to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.

To all of us who are connected to and passionate about donation, let’s do our part. Share this story by emailing this link ( ) to your friends and family, inviting them to subscribe to our blog. Make this Father’s Day weekend not only a celebration of the dad’s in our lives, but a celebration of life too.

Happy Father’s Day.


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One Response to Erik Compton – heart of a champion

  1. Angie Humm says:

    Thanks for sharing Jim! As you know this story is near and dear to our hearts because Henry has a love of golf and also sharing the fact of having two heart transplants. This man should be an inspiration to the whole tour and I hope he gets to meet some of those men who have inspired him.

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