Almost a year to the day after he was diagnosed with AML, doctors at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center informed Jace and Misty Bugg last Tuesday that there was no other treatment they could offer him. Jace Bugg will turn 27 years old on November 6th.
Since undergoing a bone marrow transplant on May 12th in Houston, Jace had made significant strides in his recovery and, when his blood type had successfully changed over to B positive, the same type as his donors, all appeared to be progressing according to plan. That is, until recently.
After Jace fell into a relapse and after conversing with doctors at M.D. Anderson, the couple flew home to Kentucky to be with family members.
We need our miracle very soon, said Misty Bugg in an email last week.
Jace won his first professional title at the Canadian Tours 2001 South Carolina Challenge and followed that up a year later with a Nationwide Tour triumph in Arkansas.
At the Nationwide Tour Championship this past weekend, players and caddies wore orange and maroon ribbons in a tribute to Jace. David Branshaw, a close friend who met Jace during a Canadian Tour event four years ago, tried to keep his emotions in check after the opening round.
Doctors told him Tuesday (Oct. 28) he has days, maybe weeks . . . but not months (to live), said an emotional Branshaw. . He needs a real miracle. Not a miracle like you need a ball to kick left but a real miracle. The world needs more Jace Buggs. God doesnt need to take someone like him.
I dont even want to be here. This (golf) doesnt mean s't.
Several fellow Canadian Tour alumni who have also moved on to the Nationwide Tour echoed Branshaws sentiments.
Im just out here going through the motions, said Jess Daley. Hes pulling for every one of us and this is what he would expect from us.
Jason Bohn, a two-time Canadian Tour champion who also won the Chattanooga Classic earlier this summer, should have been celebrating his crowning achievement Sunday afternoon as the Nationwide Tour Championship wrapped up in Alabama. By finishing ninth on the Nationwide money list, Bohn has punched his ticket to the PGA Tour for 2004. But with his close friend being sent home from the premier cancer facility in the United States, the PGA Tour is far from his thoughts.
It makes you want to go home and hug your family . . . hug your wife, Bohn said. Golf is not life, without question.