Alive and Wow! Mark Herzlich Just Wants to Play Football Now

November 20, 2011

The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Philadelphia Inquirer ran a feature on Mark Herzlich, the former Boston football star from the Philly suburbs who is now a cancer survivor and linebacker for the NY Giants. A junior in college n May of 2009, Mark was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare, potentially life-threatening bone cancer. With the help of Kevin Mahoney, senior VP, chief administrative officer and vice dean of Integrative Services, who is also quoted in the article, and a family friend, the Herzlich’s search all over the US for treatment options. They went from Massachusetts to Texas and between before realizing that the best treatment was available right here in Philadelphia: oncologist Arthur Staddon, MD, director, JKCC and director of the Bone or Soft Tissue Sarcoma Program, and surgeon Rich Lackman, MD, FACS, director, Sarcoma Center of Excellence. “If you got to have a sick kid,” said Mark’s father Sandy, "this is the greatest town in the world to have it." Two years after Herzlich’s doctors informed him of their top three priorities in this exact order – life, limb and league – Mark is back on the gridiron, cancer free... Read More