Tiger Woods meets Masters fan battling Stage 4 cancer after Twitter campaign
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Tiger Woods meets Masters fan battling Stage 4 cancer after Twitter campaign


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Shane Caldwell is in the middle of the battle of his life, taking on Stage 4 lung cancer. Not knowing his future, he wanted to attend this year's Masters -- and meet Tiger Woods.

Friends secured some tickets for Caldwell to attend on Thursday. That was difficult enough.

But meeting Tiger Woods? How would it be possible? Woods, looking for a 15th major in his first Masters start since 2015, nor anyone in his camp knew Caldwell or his story. So, Caldwell's stepdaughter, Jordan Miller, decided to take to social media in the hopes of helping her father's dreams come true.

She started on Facebook.

Jordan then went to Twitter, sharing her stepfather's story and making an impassioned plea to anyone who might be able to help facilitate the improbable meeting.

Twitter is way more of an effective mechanism. You can tag celebrities. You can get groundswell support from total strangers who aren't your friends. And both of those things happened with Jordan's April 1 tweet. Eventually, enough retweets and likes got Jordan's message into the timelines of a staffer at Tiger Woods' TGR Foundation, as well, according to Yahoo Sports, Woods' caddie Joe LaCava's sister. It also reached Woods' girlfriend, Erica Herman, and she was instrumental in making Jordan's appeal a reality.

Woods and Herman both lost their fathers to cancer, so there's a natural proclivity toward Caldwell's condition and battle.

Herman and Woods' folks told Miller to bring her stepfather to the Tournament Practice Facility at Augusta National between 9:10 and 9:15 in the morning, per Yahoo Sports. Miller shared what Caldwell would be wearing.

At the appointed time, Caldwell was there, and so was Herman. Miller didn't tell Shane what was happening, but he sensed something was up when Herman posted up near him. When Woods wrapped up his practice session, he came over to Caldwell, introduced himself and gave him a signed glove reading “Stay strong!! Tiger Woods."

The hope was Caldwell could spend a few more minutes with Woods after the round, but Caldwell's health was not good that day and he had to leave Augusta National early in the day. Fortunately, Caldwell was able to land Sunday tickets, so he'll be back if he's feeling up to it. No matter what happens, that Thursday meeting was an incredible moment.

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Ryan Ballengee

Ryan Ballengee is founder and editor of Golf News Net. He has been writing and broadcasting about golf for over a decade, working for NBC Sports, Golf Channel, Yahoo Sports and SB Nation. Ballengee lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his family. He used to be a good golfer.

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