Hospital Ambassador Heading to Las Vegas for Experience of a Lifetime


Picture of Chloe smiling

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is proud to introduce Chloe Maples as its standard bearer to the 2018 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open that takes place in Las Vegas Oct. 29 – Nov. 4.  As a standard bearer, Chloe will walk the course with the pros for the final rounds of the PGA tournament on Nov. 3 and 4. After the final putt, she will stand in the winner’s circle with the tournament champion, Shrine leaders, and kids from other Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Born without a fibula in her left leg, Chloe’s foot was amputated when she was 1 year old.  She then spent three months in a body cast to help correct an undeveloped hip. A few weeks after her cast was removed, Chloe was fitted for her first prosthesis.  The prosthetic team at the Northern California hospital has designed several new legs for Chloe over the years, each one thoughtfully crafted to suit Chloe’s active lifestyle — including her passion for dance.

During the school day, Chloe is focused on her studies, which she hopes will lead one day to a college degree and a career as a Marine Biologist.  In her free time, she enjoys the company of friends and performing with a contemporary and jazz dance group.

Chloe walking outside the hospital

Her mother says their family is extremely grateful for the care provided by Shriners Hospital. “Being able to take Chloe somewhere where her ‘special foot’ is nothing new, never being asked for payment, and being treated with love and respect by all the staff is absolutely priceless!”

Chloe was chosen as one of 22 patient ambassadors throughout the country to represent the hospital network at the tournament, where she will serve as a standard bearer throughout the weekend, carrying the scores of professional golfers as they compete in the tournament. It is a rare “inside the ropes” opportunity at a PGA TOUR event, as well as the chance to share how Shriners Hospitals have helped transform her life.

As part of her participation in the tournament, Chloe’s story and photo will appear in the tournament program, and her information will be shared with the Golf Channel, which will televise the tournament nationally, to be used during the broadcast. The broadcast reaches over 700 million homes across 240 countries worldwide.

You, too, can support Chloe on her journey by sending your Love to the Rescue. Please click here to find out how.