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Leslie Gudel and her kids got in her car when she saw the tweet. Gudel shireked.
“Holy (expletive), Nick (expletive) Faldo sent you a golf lesson!”
Gudel was talking — or exclaiming — to her 16-year-old daughter, Kendall Kemm, who had gone viral. Gudel had posted a video to her Twitter account of a session at the golf range Sunday in which Kemm is seen drawing through her backswing with just one arm, her right, and piping a shot straight down the fairway. Gudel is heard off-camera, rather impressed.
That worked pretty good.
Kemm lost the use of her left hand after undergoing radiation treatment for a brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM), a rare condition in which there is a tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries in the brain. This was just the second time Kemm had gone back to a golf range in five years; she had taken a lesson last week and then went Sunday to hit some balls, when Gudel turned on the camera.
As of Wednesday evening, the video had been viewed more than 986,000 times and the tweet had 49,200 likes.
After the video took off, someone tagged golfer Nick Faldo, winner of six major championships and three Masters Tournaments. Faldo was inspired, so he shared some tips.
“It’s crazy,” Kemm told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. “I’m used to my mom posting things on Twitter about me and my brother, but getting the reaction like this, it’s so cool cause I don’t like to say that I have an AVM or say that I can’t do things, because I don’t want to be different. Having people say these things is so nice and so fulfilling because I’m hoping I can inspire other people and they take action in their own lives with stuff like this. I love it.”
Kemm and her family started Kendall’s Crusade, a foundation that raises awareness of AVMs and provides donations that go towards research and patient funds.