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Cancer Survivor Makes His Mark On VFCC Golf Team

by Office of Marketing | July 11, 2011
In June 1997, Phillip Bishop lost part of his leg in a struggle with bone cancer. Fourteen years and one incredible surgery later, this determined freshman stood out on the campus of Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC). Not only did he successfully complete his first year of college, but he also led his teammates in one of VFCC's first ever golf tournaments.
Cancer Survivor Makes His Mark On VFCC Golf Team  In June 1997, Phillip Bishop lost part of his leg in a struggle with bone cancer. Fourteen years and one incredible surgery later, this determined freshman stood out on the campus of Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC). Not only did he successfully complete his first year of college, but he also led his teammates in one of VFCC's first ever golf tournaments. 

Coming to VFCC wasn't a difficult choice for Bishop, even though it was 300 miles away from his home in Newport News, Va. He felt like it was where God wanted him to be and he knew that it was important to continue his education at a Christian college. 

"The first year was above and beyond my expectations," Phillip said. He made some good friends and loved his classes. And he and his golf teammates had the opportunity to compete in three area invitationals, hosted by Eastern University and Franklin and Marshall College. 

Phillip is looking forward to his sophomore year in August when golf will become an official sport at VFCC, and when he will be able to play in both the fall and spring semesters. He plans to continue his Business degree, hoping for a future career in golf. This fall, Phillip will also begin serving as the 2011-2012 Vice President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. 

"What do I love about the game of golf? You really never know what you're going to do out there. It's the same in life - you have your ups and downs, and you have to keep on striving to reach your goal and to overcome the circumstances at hand."

It's no wonder he likes the game - overcoming circumstances is something that Phillip Bishop does best.