Friday, August 22, 2014



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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!!
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Hey Merril,

We got home last night and have been digging out today.  Just wanted to send you a quick note of thanks.  What an amazing weekend…thank you!  I don’t think we could have dreamed up a better time.  Tyler was in heaven (we all were) and the Steelers were great.  Weather was amazing, too!  Seeing Tyler so happy was something special…it means a lot.  I don’t think I can ever thank you properly.
You’re the best.
Chris

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WEST 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. Click to continue reading

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Merril,

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!
Dave

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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.

 

Here is a collage that he made for me

Here is a collage that he made for me

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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
Chris

 

Click here to read Tyler’s poem

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Merril,

I just finished reading your book and what a good read. I am glad you recognize how important children are in our lives. Question, what does your company do? Cool name just different.

Also, I am a life long Cleveland Browns fan and always will be. Back in the the day I wouldn’t even read anything regarding anything positive about the Steelers and to this day in a weird way I still act the same way. When it comes to your book though, Hoge your doing a good thing sharing your story. Stay strong!

Mark Kazmierski

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I want you to meet 13 year old Tyler Hallsey who this month was diagnosed with an inoperable tumor on his brain. If your a parent, we never want to imagine being in that situation with our children. Tyler’s Father Chris has been a rock, however it was Tyler who looked at his dad after hearing the news and told him we are not going to be scared and lets focus on “what ever it takes!” The courage of a 13 year old to bring a calmness to his family!! I had the pleasure of meeting Tyler and his family this week and I too was moved in ways that are difficult to describe, as the good Lord would have it, I was celebrating 10 years of life from the day that I was first diagnosed with Cancer February 14 2003!!

Chris, Tyler’s father told me that he is not interested in the statistics that come with this diagnosis, but more focused on miracles. My life in so many ways is a miracle and I have great faith in the miracles of life. If we could all keep Tyler in our prayers and to please have faith that a miracle will happen for him and his family.

Thank you and god bless.

Merril

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Update 2-20-13

4th Treatment and 29 more to go.


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My good friend Anthony

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Dear Merril,

I just wanted to thank you for the inspiration in regards to your Non-Hodgkins battle. I was diagnosed in late August at the age of 52 and seem to be responding well to treatment according to my oncologist, Dr. John Winkleman of Ft. Thomas. Unable to complete my runs workouts, I was ignoring the fatigue and chalking it up to age; however, I feel better now than I have in months! I am back to lifting and running because the chemo only knocks me down for about two days. I am five R-CHOP treatments down with three more to go, and I am thankful for the positive example you have set through your foundation. Although I am stage IV (because of bone marrow involvement), there was no call for surgery, or radiation. My midpoint tests showed lymph node reduction and my bone marrow back to full function.

I intend to “Find A Way” and feel a kindred spirit whenever I see you on ESPN. I have finally given up the hats and bandannas myself ( I totally get your Elmer Fudd reference) because I refuse to let NHL define me. I felt it important to tell you the impact you have had on me, and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sincerely,
Dave
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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.

Sincerely,
Dave




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