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Browns VP battles brain cancer

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As we prepare to take stock of the things for which we’re thankful, we also need to remember those who are currently facing serious challenges.  In NFL circles, few challenges are more daunting than the one currently confronting Browns executive V.P. Bryan Wiedmeier.

Patrick McManamon of FOXSportsOhio.com writes that Wiedmeier was diagnosed last month with Stage 4 brain cancer, where in the course of one day he went from not feeling right to having surgery to remove a tumor.

Wiedmier explained his current mindset to McManamon.  “Take the haymaker,” Wiedmeier said.  “You reboot, focus, and then you’re proactive.  You’re not a victim.  And you do everything you can.  It’s either helping or hurting.  There’s not a middle ground.  If it helps then we’re gonna do it.”

A long-time executive with the Dolphins, Wiedmeier made a big impression on one of the most legendary figures in football history.   Said Hall of Fame coach Don Shula:  “I’ve always felt that if I left the Dolphins and started somewhere else in the league the first person I would hire would be Bryan Wiedmeier.”

Wiedmeier and his wife of 27 years have five children.  They’ll all be together for Thanksgiving.

“This thing has happened,” Wiedmeier.  “It’s tough news, but if we can create a positive out of a negative, that’s what we want to do.  I don’t want a mystery about what it is, or a pity party.  There’s an opportunity here, no matter what happens, to make this circumstance into a positive.  That’s the good that’s going to come out of it.”

This blurb can’t do justice to McManamon’s story.  We recommend reading it all, saying a prayer for the Wiedmeiers, and admiring the perspective that he is applying to the fight of his life.

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5 Responses to “Browns VP battles brain cancer”
  1. ballboy48 says: Nov 21, 2012 9:53 AM

    Just like that, everything could change! Our thought are with you and yours Wiedmeir! Get better soon!

  2. joetoronto says: Nov 21, 2012 10:11 AM

    All the best to you, Mr Wiedmeier.

  3. jimmysee says: Nov 21, 2012 10:13 AM

    Prayers heading to Cleveland. That’s a horrible situation.

    Hope the Browns provide good medical insurance.

  4. jodave5 says: Nov 21, 2012 10:18 AM

    Mr. Wiedmeier, thank you for your positive attitude. My wife was diagnosed two weeks ago with stage III melanoma and we are awaiting PET scan results. Reading your comments were uplifting. Thank you. Good luck and God bless you and your family.

  5. pilot2011 says: Nov 21, 2012 11:11 AM

    That is tough news but he has a great attitude. Prayers your way!

    My girlfriend is an oncology nurse and told me about a patient that everybody loves on their floor because even though he had brain cancer, he stayed positive and up beat… Well they just found out that the cancer was gone and now this guy is going home for thanksgiving.

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