Hope Happens Here: Karrie Webb

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on September 17, 2020 # Hope Happens Here

Karrie Webb pictured with her coachLPGA World Golf Hall of Famer Karrie Webb is the most successful female golfer to come from Australia. She holds 41 LPGA wins, including 7 majors and 53 wins worldwide. She credits much of her success to her long-time coach and mentor, Kelvin Haller. Twenty-seven years ago, Haller sustained a spinal cord injury due to an accident, and he now lives with quadriplegia. Although Haller is unable to travel with Webb to coach her full-time, the two remain close.

“My life has been deeply affected by a spinal cord injury to someone I love,” said Webb. “I saw how life changed for him and everyone around him. He is a true inspiration to me in his positive outlook about what life has given him.”

After Haller’s injury, Webb decided to make paralysis her cause. In 1999, Webb met Christopher and Dana Reeve. For several years, the Karrie Webb Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament raised more than $575,000 for the Reeve Foundation. Today Webb remains a long-time supporter of the Reeve Foundation and is proud to serve as an ambassador, spreading awareness throughout her travels across the globe.

“I am passionate about both sides of the Foundation’s mission — research and quality of life,” said Webb. “I would love to hear one day that someone is up and walking from a spinal cord injury because of a cure, but in the meantime, it is important that people have access to a better quality of life.”

At the 2011 A Magical Evening, Webb was awarded the Christopher Reeve Spirit of Courage Award for her steadfast commitment to improving the lives of those living with paralysis.

“Paralysis will always be part of my life, and I want to support the community,” said Webb. “I love that the Reeve kids are continuing the legacy. I do believe that at some point, we will see Chris’ dream to eradicate paralysis become a reality.”

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