I watched the Superbowl last night and I loved it! We’re not much of a sports watching family, but last night we watched (much of it) together and ate our dinner in the living room in front of the TV which NEVER happens!
To be honest, there are aspects related to the Superbowl which I find troubling, but yesterday I simply enjoyed watching the game! I couldn’t tear myself away! It brought me joy and a renewed spring in my step!
The game was so exciting! I wasn’t sure who I was going to cheer for before the game started. But that quickly changed! As I watched the Philadelphia Eagles working hard together, I realized I was actually cheering out loud for them. What a great game! So much determination, focus, drive! And those creative plays!
You probably know the result: the unthinkable happened. The underdogs won! They beat the team that always seems to win, the QB who was poised to break his own record. What seemed impossible actually occurred! The Philadelphia Eagles won Superbowl 52!
This reminds me of something my friend Chris Draft told me. Chris is a former NFL linebacker who inspires, encourages and supports countless lung cancer patients like me. One of the ways he does this is by using the platform he earned from his years in the NFL to get lung cancer patients in football stadiums -even the Superbowl– to raise awareness and change the face of lung cancer.
Chris said football is a great image for lung cancer patients, because anything can happen! We may think we know how things are going to go, but the game can change in an instant! Anyone can win! We saw that yesterday, and this sparks hope!
Several nights ago, I had a dream. It was set way in the future, in the lead up to Superbowl 102. Washington would be playing LA, and the American President (of some 50 years from now) announced his plan to conquer cancer. There were two options, one for each team, and whichever team won, that was the plan they would implement. I have some wild dreams!
Lung Cancer may seem impossible to cure, but with hard work, determination, teamwork and creativity, we can do it! We can cure lung cancer. I don’t want to wait 50 years, though, and neither do you!
One in thirteen Canadians will be diagnosed with Lung Cancer, and we don’t have time to wait!
Right now is an exciting time in Lung Cancer research! What seemed impossible is almost within reach. Who will step up?
Who will be our Lung Cancer Champions?
It feels like a miracle I’m still alive and able to enjoy the Superbowl more than four years after my diagnosis! I’m stepping up, and hoping for many more!
Come with me!