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Tyler inspires me he continues to fight and win his battle against cancer. He sent me this today to say hi. He just got back home from the hospital, so please keep my pal Tyler in your thoughts and prayers!!

517x386WEST HARTFORD — Every year, resident David Brofsky looks forward to the first weekend in August.

For 23 years, Brofsky has participated in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, or PMC, a two-day charity bike ride that raises money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. To date, Brofsky has raised more than a half million dollars for the cause.



Just a quick update. Had my second post RCHOP Rituxin treatment on Wednesday, and Anne and I ran the Kicks for Kids 5k on Saturday. Next stop is the Ft. Thomas Firecracker Five. Thanks so much for you Find A Way philosophy!



Tyler is still fighting and I’m so proud of him and love him. Keep praying for Tyler, he is doing what ever it takes every day.



Update on my good friend TylerUpdate 4-18-13


Hey Merril,

I wanted to share a couple things with you. The first is a picture of Tyler all geared up for the day! Looking good in his jersey and new shoes. The second is a poem he wrote in school yesterday. The teacher asked him to write something about himself. I love this kid so much and just wanted to share with you.

Whatever It Takes


My good friend Anthony




When I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in August 2012, I immediately began reading about cancer and people who have fought the battle for their lives. From all the stories and accounts, Merril Hoge’s story highlighted in “Find A Way” was the most and compelling to me. His openness about his upbringing and challenges throughout his life were inspiring; however, his account of the realities of chemotherapy really spoke to me. Through his example, I did not lay around feeling sorry for myself. Instead, I choose to walk, run, and do moderate resistance training. Couple this with dietary changes I have “Found A Way” to maximize my chances for a longer life. As a new grandparent, I have true motivation to fight and find victory over NHL. Thank you Merill for sharing your story and by continuing to show your triumph through your work at ESPN and the Find A Way Foundation.





About Merril Hoge

Ever since Merril Hoge was eight-years-old, he dreamed of being a professional football player. Growing up in a small town in Idaho, the goal seemed unrealistic. But Merril didn’t just dream about this goal. From that young age, he used the words “Find A Way” to take action to overcome any obstacle and to attain any goal. Today, as he continues to strive towards his own goals, he also uses his Find A Way philosophy as a parenting tool, and challenges his children, Kori and Beau, to Find A Way to achieve their goals, overcome obstacles and take ownership of their lives.

Playing Career

As a graduate of Idaho State University with a degree in education and a minor in health and fitness, Merril was a four-year football starter who set 44 school and conference records and two NCAA football records, one for most receptions by a back in a season and the other for most receptions by a back for a career and stood until recently when they were broken. In 1987, Merril made his childhood dream a reality when he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played until 1993 and led the team in rushing and receiving in four of his first five years, setting a record in his third year for receptions by a running back. Along with Franco Harris, he is one of only two Steelers players to rush for more than 100 yards in back-to-back playoff games. He was the Steelers Iron Man of the Year two years in a row (1989 and 1990) and was named to the All-Madden team in 1989. In 1993, Merril went to the Chicago Bear s as a free agent, where he played for one year until he was forced to retire early due to post-concussion syndrome. At the time of his retirement, Merril had the longest consecutive playing streak in the NFL.


Merril joined ESPN in 1995 as a football analyst and sideline reporter, where he quickly distinguished himself through his in-depth knowledge of the game and his strong relationships with the coaches and players in the National Football League. He has since served as a host and analyst for a wide variety of ESPN programs on television, radio and the Internet, including ESPN’s SportsCenter and NFL Live; Friday Football and Fantasy Insider on ESPN News; The NFL on ESPN Radio; and alongside Ron Jaworski on the highly acclaimed State Farm NFL Matchup, which is the only show that uses coaches’ tape to provide an inside look at the game. Merril is also a regular contributor to and to ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Football and Super Bowl and NFL Draft coverage.


In 2003, the habits and mindset that Merril formulated throughout his childhood and carried into adulthood, helped him Find A Way to overcome the ultimate challenge – cancer. Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on February 14, Merril took on chemotherapy with the same tenacity that got him to the NFL and beat it. Through the difficult moments, Merril found inspiration through his daughter Kori, then nine, who upon hearing the news, whispered, “Dad, find a way.” On July 2, 2003, Merril was cancer-free.For all of his life accomplishments as an athlete and businessman, Merril’s biggest impact can be felt within his family and community. A long-time Board Chairman of the Highmark Caring Foundation and Caring Place centers, which provide a place for grieving children, adolescents and their families to cope with the loss of a parent or loved one, Merril’s vision is to help all children know their value and importance, helping them to grow up healthy and whole. For the last 12 years, alongside Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, Merril has hosted the Hoge Ward Celebrity Golf Classic for Children to raise funds and awareness for the programs of the Highmark Caring Foundation. Merril loved playing in the NFL and loves working at ESPN but what he cherishes most is being a dad. He has used Find a Way philosphy to become a better parent and to challenge his kids to take ownership for their lives.

























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The Legacy Agency


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Kepplers Speaking


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Brasco Productions