Great story about a TASO official.
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In Texas, high school football is king,” says Mark Ideus, a retired football official who now trains and evaluates active officials. Shortly after officiating at his last championship game in 2002, Mark started experiencing swelling in his groin that was eventually diagnosed as metastatic kidney cancer. At the time, there was no dedicated chemotherapy treatment for kidney cancer, and Mark received a devastating prognosis: 10 to 12 months to live.
Refusing to give up, he did some research and discovered that a clinical trial for a new kidney-cancer chemotherapy drug was under way with Dr. Anna Belcheva at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital — just a few miles from his home. Mark was accepted into the trial, and after nearly five years of various experimental treatments, his cancer has stabilized. “Since I came to Methodist Willowbrook, my quality of life has been much better,” says Mark, “I feel better now than I did when I first got cancer.” His success with the latest treatments allows him to continue to enjoy the precision points of football and simply embrace life. “I credit my doctor for saving my life,” says Mark, “I wouldn’t go anywhere else.”
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