Even Cancer Can’t Stop Cherry Creek High Golfer
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – A 15-year-old student at Cherry Creek High School has battled a life threatening disease and is still playing her favorite sport.
Dani Urman started playing golf when she was 10. Her dream was to make the Cherry Creek High School golf team, but six months before trying out Urman found out she had bone cancer.
“The first thing I always think about is golf. Will I still be able to play? And they said ‘Not for a while,’” Urman said.
Urman had a full knee replacement and part of her thigh bone replaced. Then she started 8 months of chemotherapy.
“You get tired and really nauseous. All you want to do is lay in bed and sleep,” she said.
Through the ordeal Urman channeled the determination she has on the links into fighting the disease.
“There are so many good things in my life and you can’t just give them up,” she said. “You have to work to keep them.”
“If you were going to beat her on the golf course you would have to knock her down with a 2-by-4. She such heart and determination and I think that is part of the reason she got through this,” her golf team coach Terry Stearman said.
While undergoing chemotherapy Urman maintained a 4.75 GPA, but golf was never far from her mind.
“No matter what I always tried to go out to the golf course and try to watch or something. Its was really hard.”
Urman is now cancer free and turns 16 this month. She needs crutches to get around and she still gets tired, but her drive earned her a spot on the varsity golf team and another shot at life.
“It’s kind of amazing it’s all over. I can finally golf and go to school and be normal,” she said.
Urman says her next goal is to make the state tournament and take home the win.