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Man survives cancer to make his own Masters memory

Robert Schlick

Robert Schlick of Sussex, England is excited to be at the Masters. He's battling cancer, and last year underwent chemotherapy and radiation. (April 5, 2011 / WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 6 o'clock / April 5, 2011

AUGUSTA---Today's storms had quite the impact on Augusta National, but people weather storms too. News 12 met a man who survived a big one just to be here.

In the sea of people flowing through Augusta National today, you'll find two men with two matching hats. One of them is Robert Schlick of Sussex, England.

"Long time friends. Life long golf buddies."

And it seems everywhere they go, they meet a new friend.

"They love our hats and our accents."

They just love being here. They almost weren't.

"Well, I've got cancer, and last year I was in the hospital having radiation and chemo," Robert said.

That's when his friend made him a promise.

"He said if you recover, I will take you to Augusta."

And here he is.

"You look like you're feeling good," News 12 remarked.

"I am feeling good," Robert said. "My hair's grown back under my hat. It all fell out, but it's back now."

And so is his energy. He'll be here all week.

"I got through it and lived to fight another day."

So tomorrow, and the next, and the next, he'll fight these crowds. And of course, he'll be wearing his hat.


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