Chicago Bears Go Green for Cholangiocarcinoma during October Cancer Awareness Month
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Walter Payton, David Glenn, Barb Dougherty, what do these three people have in common? They are the leaders of their families and taught them to demonstrate love and loyalty. What cannot be seen in their pictures is the three parents’s worlds collided in January 2016 because of a diagnosis; they were taken from their families and this world too soon by Cholangiocarcinoma (Bile Duct Cancer).
Barb Dougherty, a Chicago native was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She spent the majority of life living on the Southside of Chicago Beverly/Mt. Greenwood neighborhood. She was a wife of Chicago police officer where she instilled the values of faith and family into her home. Her family was her only priority in life making sure they were always taken care of, even before her own needs and cancer treatment. She was happiest in life when there was a grandchild sitting on her lap, or having her family over for dinner. Barb never met a stranger, she was the first person to help someone in need, and made everyone feel like they were the most important person in the world when she listened to them. She died on Christmas morning at the age of 63 after an 11 month battle.
David Glenn, a selfless man, who spread love and kindness to all he met, whose legacy is love conquers all. He was a family man who loved “his girls”-his wife and 2 daughters, his siblings and his entire family more than anything. He lived every day happy and had a sense of humor like no other. Everyone he crossed paths with he wanted to know their story, their life. He was a musician, a true American, and was an intelligent man with a love for knowledge. Dave was a true businessman, owning a sporting goods store (The SportStation, Pro-Am Team Sports) for over 45 years that served the Chicagoland area. He never wanted to leave us; especially since days before his diagnosis he was told he was going to be a grandpa to twins. He was one month short of their blessed arrival; he passed May 20th after only 5 months since diagnosis and the twins were born on June 29th. Research and treatment options for this disease may have given him a chance to see their births and their lives. He taught us to be Bears fans. We have an autographed Wheaties box of Sweetness on our wall, some of the players came to sign autographs at his store, Sunday afternoons were meant for watching Bears games, and we have many memories at Soldier Field.
Our parents are just two faces but there are thousands of others who need a chance, like our friends that we know because of the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation-a charity that supports awareness and research and brings patients, caregivers, and medical professionals together to find a cure.
How can you help? Sign our petition and ask the Chicago Bears to accept Cholangiocarcinoma as their cancer to support during the NFL’s October Cancer Awareness Month.
Here are some facts about Cholangiocarcinoma:
·Rare (5,000+ new cases each year)
·Aggressive (spreads to other parts of the body very quickly and can cause liver failure; recurring)
·Poor Prognosis (2%-24% 5-year survival rate)
·Limited effective treatments (there is only 1 standard of care regimen as of now and only works for a few and for a short period of time)
·No detection (found at advanced stages)
·Various Complications (cholangitis, septic, infections, etc., this list can go on and on)
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