Parks is healthy today for the most part, playing at 90 pounds less than she did as a freshman almost three years ago at Pulaski County High School.
She has displayed to her peers, coaches, and opponents the characteristics and traits that any coach looks for in an athlete — perseverance, determination, and a desire to be the very best.
“Through this whole experience I have learned to enjoy each day, because you’re not promised anything, and you’re certainly not promised tomorrow,” stated Parks.
“I was a Christian when I went into the hospital, but I am a better Christian today,” added the Lady Maroon golfer. “I went through so much. I want people to see that you have to be ready to leave, because everything else really just doesn’t matter.
What matters today is the simple fact that Lexie Parks is a shining example and inspiration to each of us — not just those who may be suffering from obesity.
“If anyone that reads this is struggling with obesity and having health issues because of it, I pray and encourage them to find the inner strength to seek help,” Parks stated.
Now Parks may never win any prestigious golf tournaments along the way from this point on, and she will probably not go down as one of the all-time greats to ever hit the links wearing Pulaski County colors.
However, as a person, to be perfectly honest, Parks is in a league all by her self.
She is mature well beyond her years, and we can all learn a great deal from the example this young lady has displayed in the very face of fear and adversity.
For that Lexie, you came into the clubhouse atop the leaderboard — a job well done.