Benching 31 repetitions at 225 pounds requires great physical strength and intensity. Getting held by offensive linemen while trying to make a play requires great mental strength and patience. Starting 47 games over the first three years of a career requires endurance and perseverance.
But beating cancer by the age of 8 requires a level of toughness that Orakpo can’t relate to. At least until he met Zane Mosby, a young man who was recently declared cancer free in his fight with leukemia.
Mosby, along with his parents Janet and William, met his favorite Redskins player at Ben’s Chili Bowl in D.C., and the CSN Washington camera crews were there to catch the encounter: Read more »
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The folks sitting with Donovan McNabb in the picture above are the Duck family, of Gainesville, Virginia. From left to right (and skipping Donovan), that’s Ellen, Isaiah, Charles, and Isaac Duck.
Isaac, who you see here in his black shirt holding a signed football, was diagnosed with lymphoma on New Year’s Day, 2009. He underwent seven rounds of chemotherapy and a major surgery to remove his tumor, and — as his father proudly told me — has now been “nine months cancer-free.” He was the “honored patient” at Monday’s Jason Campbell Leukemia Golf Classic, and Campbell — then still the quarterback of the Washington Redskins — visited Isaac and his family when they were selected to that honor.
And the way Charles Duck talks about that visit should answer any question you might have about if athletes are just phoning it in when they participate in charity events. Read more »
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