Joaquin Niemann's Fundraiser For Little Cousin Reaches Milestone

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Joaquin Niemann has been fighting for something bigger than his spot on the PGA Tour. He has dedicated his season to Rafita Calderon, his 1-month-old cousin in Chile battling spinal muscular atrophy.

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Joaquin Niemann has been fighting for something bigger than his spot on the PGA Tour. He has dedicated his season to Rafita Calderon, his 1-month-old cousin in Chile battling spinal muscular atrophy.

Today, Niemann said, was a huge step forward for his fundraising goal for Rafita. 75 percent of the funds have been raised and the support has been tremendous.

The goal is to raise 2.1 million dollars for a treatment called ZOLGENSMA. This treatment is the most expensive in the world, but it is the only way Rafita can have a quality of life and survival.

Timing is everything. On the GoFundMe page, Rafita's parents say that his best chance would be to administer the drug before 100 days. This is a genetic disease primarily affecting the central nervous system. But for Rafita, who is just a few months old, her life is on the line every day.

A few weeks ago, Niemann made the public announcement during the Mayakoba Golf Classic tournament and said he was pledging his winnings to Rafita. This brought awareness to professional golf and saw many other fellow PGA players in support of Niemann.

Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, and more participated and wore pins on their hats during the tournament.

Donations to #SalvemosARafita can be made here.


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