Wow. Talk about empowerment. I don’t think anything or anyone could ever make me excited about the Superbowl, but the above image at least makes me a teeny bit interested. It’s true: No matter which team wins, cancer loses! Bigtime.
Mark Herzlich may not be able to play in the Superbowl XLVI but I’m willing to bet that his presence on the bench will be a source of strength and inspiration for his teammates. It was during his time at Boston College that Herzlich was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer. He was told over and over that he would never walk again. Herzlich ignored them, beat his cancer, powered through his rehab, and ultimately made it onto the New York Giants’ roster, though he is inactive.
Marcus Cannon, however, is on the active roster of the New England Patriots. He battled non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma last year. Last fall, when he reached full remission, he went back to the practice field. Understandably, he doesn’t want his cancer story to overshadow his football career. He knows that it will always be there, and he knows too, that he is blessed to be here. He just looks forward to putting it all behind him and focusing on playing football.
Both of Mark Herzlich and Marcus Cannon’s stories are inspirational, and I think someday, they will be able to use their unique experiences to help others. But right now, it’s too fresh in their memories. They’re too close to it still. I am lucky in that I don’t remember a thing about my own cancer experience, but I still had to wait awhile to get to where I am now. It’s pretty amazing what a simple story will do. I can just imagine what Mark Herzlich would be a source of inspiration for young Sarah, seeing as she has Ewing’s Sarcoma. Her mother, Heather, wrote the following on their blog:
As for the Super Bowl, we hope for a win from the Giants! We don’t care a thing about football – but we love that the Giants has a player, Mark Herzlich, who is a Ewing’s survivor. Mark was told 2 years ago that he would never walk again…..and now he is in the Super Bowl!!!!! Go, Mark! Very inspiring for us!! We can’t wait to see Sarah beat Ewing’s again and start walking and running on her own!
TAKE THAT, CANCER!