Eric has always dreamed of going to an Eagles game since he was a little boy. After he was diagnosed with HLH & Still's and still's disease we started a small bucket list. As Eric's recovery progressed, we began to attempt to complete some of the higher goals, but never saw what was coming next.
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.
FINAL SCORE EAGLES 34-20
Later that evening we were settling in for bed and we noticed we were both tagged in a facebook post from one of Eric's former ICU Nurses at Temple.
I found the author, Dan Wing (CBS) and tweeted him letting him know that the photo they chose for the article about how fans stuck out the game - was ERIC! A short change of words led to an impromptu interview at 10:15 that night.
I was busy working on an update for our website when I noticed the article that once had Eric's photo on it had been replaced by other fans. Moments later Dan had tweeted us thanking us for our time and surprised us with a new article just on Eric and his Journey!
Thank you Dan for making a fantastic day end with an even better ending!
KYW 1060 aired Eric's interview live on 12.10.13 and we will post a copy as soon as we have it.