As many of you know, due to the unexpected media coverage of Eric at the Eagles vs. Lions game Sunday, December 8th, Eric had the opportunity to go to the EAGLES game of a lifetime! Several years ago, Eric was an employee at Dick's Sporting Goods where he met Rick Figarola. The two of them spent many days off work out on the boat fishing together. As life changed over the past few years and Eric began deploying to disasters to aid in clean-up recovery efforts for work, the two saw less of each other, but were never too far apart to send a text or meet up once or twice a year until last year.
Due to the severity and unexplained illness, we refrained from spreading details with those outside of the family or on facebook so we could focus on Eric's health. A few weeks after Eric's hospitalization, Rick was fighting for his life also. One evening he was driving down a local county road on his motorcycle when a driver pulled out in front of him. With oncoming traffic on his left and a gas station on his right, he was forced to skid his bike sideways and hope for the best. He suffered critical injuries and nearly missed death. The two of them had a lot to discuss when they both learned of each others near fatal experiences. Rick had talked with his family and decided that they would invite Eric to attend the last EAGLES home game of the season this year. Little did we know it would be THE game of the season.
A few days before the game forecasters were predicting just a few inches of snow. Since Eric still battles still's disease and is on Humira, Methotrxate (a mild chemo) and steroids, we knew we'd have to bundle him up - which isnt that hard when you're a hunter! So we grabbed the Under Armour, fleece lined pants, his drake waterfowl gear and mossy oak duck blind jacket and headed into the city from NJ. Oh and the EAGLES Santa hat of course!
By the time they were finished there must have already been about 1-2" on the ground and visibility was getting pretty rough so Alicia and I headed back to NJ and the guys headed into the game.
Check out the video below for more images from this snowy Eagles Game!
FINAL SCORE EAGLES 34-20
KYW 1060 aired Eric's interview live on 12.10.13 and we will post a copy as soon as we have it.
Eric was diagnosed with HLH & Still's Disease at 27 years old in 2012 and given only a 5% chance to live. This is his journey.
connect with eric