Philadelphia Eagles Grant Dying Gay Fan One Last Wish

Love is love and life is life.  When you celebrate love and life at the same time, you're doing something right.  Philadelphia Eagles are doing something right this Sunday for a long time gay fan.

Joe Guckin was one of Outsports’ very first readers. … A while back, Joe learned he had brain cancer. He went at it like a champ, using every tool available to fight it. He had ups, he had downs. Through it all, he kept his incredible sense of humor and a positive outlook.

On Sept. 28, Joe authored the blog post so many of us had been fearing: “Update on #Cancer: Battle Nears An End.”

In talking with the doctor after the decision to discontinue the Avastin, the only option he could offer to continue trying to treat the tumor was a chemo in pill form, which was actually a standard method of treatment for glioblastoma before they started using Temodar and Avastin (both of which were unsuccessful in my case).

The doctor left me and my sister-in-law alone to talk. We both broke into tears (I'd like to point out that this was the first time in this whole thing that I cried. And that it's happened a couple more times since.)

So I made the decision to end all further treatment on the tumor. The doctor said there's no way to give me a specific prognosis as to how much time I have. Just basing it on averages of other glioblastoma cases he offered a guess of six months.

According to his brother today, that “guess of six months” may have been too optimistic.

Thanks to the Philadelphia Eagles, Joe will make one last trip to a game this Sunday.

When the team heard about Joe, his prognosis and his lifelong addiction to the team, they invited him and his brother to attend a game. And not just any game — their huge match-up this Sunday with the Atlanta Falcons and MVP candidate Matt Ryan. They arranged ADA-compliant seating so he could be in his wheelchair — The cancer had made it difficult to walk.

In the last month since the Eagles’ invitation, Joe’s physical state has deteriorated quickly. It’s now not difficult, but rather impossible, for him to walk. Simply getting to the game a couple days ago seemed impossible, as ambulance services refused to take him from his home to Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. Joe’s brother was ready to send the Eagles an email sadly declining their invitation.

That’s when Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims jumped in. The idea of Joe not living this experience with the Eagles because of a transportation issue was unacceptable to Sims; When we talked with him briefly Friday afternoon, Sims was making arrangements to get Joe from his home to the game and back home again.

When we talked to Joe’s brother on Friday, he said Joe was excited for the game. While it may be a struggle to get to the stadium, he is determined to cheer on the Eagles one last time. –


Thanks Eagles.  Thanks Representative Sims.  Thanks Out Sports for sharing this story.  We are a community.  We are a family.

In related news:  Out Gay Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims Wins Reelection


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