CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Pro golfers from all over the world are converging on Charlotte this week.
But one PGA golfer is just thankful for another day and having the opportunity to play the game of golf.
Erik Compton continues paying it forward with golf and, more importantly, life.
"I was gonna be a professional baseball player and now am playing professional golf,” he said.
His profession plays part of a remarkable recovery in his personal life.
“Anybody going through a major surgery at a young age and nobody wants to get cut open," Crompton said. "It’s just a roller coaster of emotion whether you can get a donor or survive surgery."
That first surgery was a heart transplant at age 12.
The surgeries have not slowed down Crompton and his passion for the sport of golf. He realizes there are a lot of people that have helped him get where he is today.
"I’m 33 now; I’ve been living 21 years with other people's hearts inside my chest...it's who I am," Compton said.
Compton’s who he is because of the pulse of others.
“The fact that somebody made the decision to be an organ donor changed my life, my family’s life," he said.
An opportunity for new life through organ donation
“Golf brought me to life, made me want to compete," Crompton said. "I’d like to win out here...every week I’m here to conquer that battle."