June 1, 2010
Doctor William Leone is directly responsible for allowing me to participate in the 18th Maccabiah Games July 2009 in the State of Israel. Without his surgical skills I never would have accomplished my life long goal of being on the US Team as a golfer.
I tried everything under the sun to relieve my pain in my hip without success. I tried Yoga, deep tissue massage and frequent visits to the Chiropractor. Finally, I was referred to Doctor Leone. He took an X-ray and quietly and professionally recommended that I have a hip replacement. Doctor Leone explained the X-ray and why it was necessary and important to proceed. The operation frightened me, but he graciously mollified my fears. Doctor Leone instills a quiet feeling of trust and confidence. Finally, at the end of the explanation he says “if you were my brother, I would recommend you have this operation.” His genuine caring and interest in me sold me to go through the ordeal despite my fears. Thank goodness he convinced me!
The Maccabiah Games endeavor through sports to perpetuate and preserve the Jewish Community by encouraging Jewish pride, strengthening Jewish bonds and creating a heartened awareness of Israel and the Jewish identity. As a result of this involvement, I feel a sense of connections to the Jewish Religion and hence, the State of Israel that will be with me for the rest of my life. Without Doctor Leone’s knowledge, experience and care this experience never would have come to pass.
The roots of the Jewish Athletes started in Israel thousands of years ago. Then the people were dispersed to countries all around the world in the Great Diaspora. Now after so much time, the people return to play sports from over 60 countries throughout the world in the Maccabiah Games. I will return to Israel for the 19th Maccabiah Games in 2013 as the Captain of the newly created Grand-Masters 65 plus Team. By the way; I led the US Masters Team to a Silver Medal in the Master Gold Event in the 18th Maccabiah Games.
Enclosed is a story descriptive of my life as a golfer penned by Rich Lerner, a top reporter with the Golf Channel…
I will return to the most historically relevant place on the earth. This is very overwhelming to me. Because of Doctor Leone’s knowledge, skill and care I will be there. Thank you Doctor Leone!
Gary Jack Freedson