Dad of 4 who beat cancer gets 'football dream weekend'

Bobby Compton just got done beating stage 2 Hogkin's lymphoma, now he gets to celebrate.

A big surprise for a lions fan battling cancer - he gets a "Dream Football Weekend."

The 36-year-old father of four just completed chemotherapy and radiation. Now he gets to celebrate on vacation thanks the Detroit Lions' Game On Cancer initiative.

Bobby Compton was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin's lymphoma in January. 

Compton's hospital, Henry Ford Macomb in Clinton Township partnered with the Detroit Lions and Henry Ford's Josephine Ford Cancer Institute for a special reward for the hardcore Lions fan.

He receives two round trip plane tickets to Minnesota for the Vikings game with a two-night hotel stay as the Lions' special guest.

"I wasn't expecting all of this," Compton said. "Not for a second."

But that's not the only surprise, Detroit Lions great Lomas Brown, a spokesman for Game On Cancer was also on hand.

"Anytime you can bring awareness to anything this devastating, things that tear families apart like cancer can (it's important)," Brown said.

"It was rough on the family," said Compton. "I was tired all the time, all the side effects. Better than the alternative."

"It was stressful but a great experience, they've done wonderful here getting him through his treatments,” said Jennifer Compton, Bobby's wife.

But keeping his surprise a secret was hard, quipped one of the radiation therapists.

Compton is now cancer free, thanks to Game On Cancer."

"I don't even want to think about what could have happened," Compton said. "It is just move forward and go from here. Now on to Minnesota and a Lions win."

 


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