June 19, 2014 11:51 pm
Updated: June 20, 2014 9:20 pm

Golf helps pro player make the biggest birdie of his life


Watch above: The game of golf – plus family and friends – has helped one player in the PGA Tour of Canada make the biggest birdie of his life. Kevin Karius reports.

FORT MCMURRAY – Three years ago, Joel Dahmen wasn’t sure if he would ever play golf again.

“There was a period of time when I was on the couch and I couldn’t walk up the stairs,” said Dahmen before Thursday’s opening round of the Syncrude Boreal Open in Fort McMurray.

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In 2011, the 26-year-old from Clarkston, Washington was diagnosed testicular cancer. The disease is no stranger to the Dahmen family. In 2009, his brother had testicular cancer.

Sadly, his mother passed away in 2005 from pancreatic cancer.

Thanks to a tremendous support group, Joel battled through and beat his cancer; golf also helped his fight.

A few weeks ago he reached the pinnacle of his golf career, winning his first PGA Tour Canada event in Vancouver.

“To finally get the ‘W’ was incredible.”

Beating cancer has changed Joel’s outlook on life in many ways.

“Just know there is a brighter side, greener pastures on the other side.”

Watch the News Hour at 6 p.m. on Global Edmonon Friday to see more on Dahmen’s journey.

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