Not the greatest news coming from Phil Brabbs today: It looks like his Multiple Myeloma levels are creeping back up. He wrote that he underwent "maintenance chemo" a while ago but it didn't prevent the levels from slightly increasing.
His next checkup is in four weeks. Hoping and praying for the best that he can kick those levels back down.
Just saw in the Daily that Phil Brabbs participated in the alumni game today and appears to be in remission. I'm not an oncologist, and I don't play one on TV, but here's what he had to say for those of you that might be: “I’ve been off chemo for a couple months, but the cancer’s 97 percent gone... Possibly this week I might get a clean response, no cancer detectable."
Sounds like good news to me, and that's certainly the tone of the article.
PS I looked and didn't see this but if it is feel free to neg bang away (they don't work anymore, bwahaha)
WTKA is having a bunch of former players in studio and on-air to talk about Vada Murray, Jim Mandich, probably Phil Brabbs, in light of their struggles with serious health issues. 8am till 10am.
Hello, all my maize and blue friends. So, to my surprise, the sun actually still did rise this morning after that heartbreaking loss, and it appears that life will indeed go on. I hate it when wives are so... right.
As devastating as the loss was, I got to experience something pretty, well, unique yesterday. As you all know, yesterday one of the most courageous people I've ever come into contact with was honored at the game. Yes, Phil Brabbs was an honorary captain and it sounds like the tailgate was a huge success. I'm hoping he sold tons of the new KICK T-SHIRT, and if you didn't get one by all means ORDER ONE RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW! I actually started working on that shirt on the floor of my living room the day after the UConn win.
But this is where it gets interesting. As miserable as it was to pour through all of the available information about the game last night, I came upon something that, quite simply, blew me away. One of my all-time favorite Wolverines was at the game yesterday, He Who Kills People. #56. LaMarr Woodley. Face painted, one of the regular joes, a true fan, etc. And there he was... wearing a shirt I designed. Gotta tell you all, it was a pretty special feeling to see him sporting THE KICK shirt on Phil's behalf in the official site's photo gallery.
I'm just wondering if anyone has come across a better online shot of him sporting 'The Kick' shirt yesterday, or perhaps took such a photo yourself. I'd really appreciate anything that clearly displays LaMarr and the shirt in plain sight, and it will likely find a treasured spot in my portfolio along with the design itself.
If anyone can find something, please post the link here, or if you have a personal picture, let me know and I'd be willing to pay for it. Thanks again everyone. REALLY wish I could have been there yesterday!
We'll move on. Hawkeyes in six days, boys. Let's put it past us. GO BLUE.
Okay, now that I've got your attention... this really isn't just about a tee shirt, and it's certainly not about me.
Cancer fighter. Source of inspiration. Devoted Father. Wolverine.
Most of you all know his story by now. Diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma at a very rare early age, Phil has made a choice to aggressively fight this thing with a pride and passion only a former Wolverine could muster. Spend some time on his blog, and I'm sure you'll be more appreciative of your own family and life this weekend.
Some of you may already know that Phil is an honorary captain for tomorrow's game. Look for him to be featured in the first quarter, and I almost dare you not to stand at your feet for this courageous guy. But, perhaps you feel compelled to help, and would like to do more. Well, you can!
Phil and his foundation CancerKicker.org/DomiNATION are hosting a TAILGATE event tomorrow morning/afternoon to raise awareness and (hopefully) funds to help fight Multiple Myeloma at UM. There'll be balloons, bracelets and other items there, including a t-shirt I designed in Phil's honor:
To my knowledge these shirts will be available for purchase, although they're sure to go quickly. If you want one stop by, or if you just want to help, Phil's team, led by his sister Brooke, are always looking for more volunteers to pitch a hand. If you'd like to get involved, the team offered this information:
They're meeting at 6am on the north end of the golf course, and hopefully looking to get a prime spot in the first row. Their spot will feature maroon balloons with 'MM' on them. And their itinerary is as follows:
- :: Cold Breakfast & Hot Coffee (you do not need to show up at )
- :: MM domiNATION Outreach Instructions (Teams pick up maps, bracelets and shirts)
- :: Pep talk from Phil Brabbs
- 11:00-1:00/30 :: MM domiNATION Outreach
- :: Tailgate (food and drinks provided)
- * :: MSU vs UM Game (Phil will be honored as the Honorary Captain in the 1st Quarter)
- :: Post-game Tailgate (food and drinks provided)
- *if you aren't going to the game, you are welcome to hang out and watch the game from the tailgate
My only wish is that I could be there!! But I hope to hear that you all stop by, and do your part in helping Phil fight the good fight not only for himself, but for all of the other patients sharing his diagnosis at UM and across the globe. Do your part to help KICK CANCER!
For those of you not aware, there was a TEDx event held at Michigan last weekend. TEDx is an independently hosted version of TED events (http://www.ted.com/ - A whole bunch of fascinating talks by big name people on all sorts of different things).
But anyway, the last speaker was Phil Brabbs. He wasn't there in person, but he had a recorded video, which you can view here:
I assume/hope the rest of the TEDxUofM videos will be posted to that Vimeo account.