John Roth and his family knew Washington Redskins football would get their minds off the fact their mother was possibly going to be diagnosed with cancer for a second time.
Roth’s mother, Rose, was diagnosed with colon cancer a little more than 10 years ago. But, thanks to a series of successful chemotherapy sessions and surgeries, she was able to defeat the cancer.
However, earlier this year during one of her checkups, the doctors noticed something unusual.
“During one of her normal checkups, the doctors found a lemon-sized mass in the same spot as the cancer was a decade ago,” Roth told Redskins.com. “So we all feared the worst and were ready to battle this head on again and give her all the support she needed and deserved.”
Going into a surgical procedure that lasted nearly seven hours on Oct. 24, Rose would remain at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center for nearly a week after, awaiting news of her biopsy.
On the Sunday following surgery, Rose’s Redskins were in Minnesota to take on the Vikings.
Already carving out time to see his mother daily, John and his brother Blake along with his fiance, Lindy, decided they would host a tailgate at the hospital.
“My mom is a big Redskins fan like me and this was kind of her idea, because she knows how much I love the ‘Skins as well,” Roth began. “So we wanted to get a feeling of normalcy back. I packed Saturday night once we got home and got my Sean Taylor towel, Alfred Morris jersey, ‘Skins breast cancer Nike shirt and RGIII socks, and we headed over.
“It was great because those four hours took everyone’s mind off of the battle she was going through, and we were all in the moment watching the team and game we love.”
The next day, Rose received great news — she was still cancer free.
“The following day at 2 p.m, the surgeon walked in with me, mom, Blake and Lindy in the room and told us that she couldn’t believe it but the results came back and NEGATIVE for cancer,” he said. “We all lost it and were a ball of emotion including the surgeon. Negative for tumor and NEGATIVE for cancer. Our prayers were answered.”
Moving forward, Roth is looking forward to the rest of the season, as he’ll but rooting the Redskins on the whole way, starting in-person this Sunday at FedExField when the team takes on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“I am stoked for the rest of the season. HTTR for life.”
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