When a game means a little more

This weekend is important to many of us because it is the last home game of Bud Foster. While his career is amazing and the value, attitude and identity he has brought to Tech is something that many of us hold dear, this game means a little more to me on a personal level.

I made a post in a thread about three years ago talking about how Virginia Tech football and The Key Play were a great distraction for me. At that time my son was still in treatment for childhood Leukemia and I spent many days in the hospital or at the clinic reading TKP, laughing or shaking my head at the comments, or just learning more about the game through film breakdowns from French.

During times of heavy stress it is necessary to find things that allow your mind to escape and to try and think of better times to come. As I sat with my son we would talk about all sorts of things from cartoons, to video games, to Hokie football. Inside I would hope that I would get the time to have more of these conversations, to teach him, to coach him and to share so many fun life experiences with him.

As a parent your worst nightmare is seeing your child fight for their life. We are lucky as my son Dominic is done with his over three years of treatment and is doing well, but we have friends that we met along the way that were not as lucky. Going through something like this changes what is important in your life and the priorities you have. It brings perspective to your career, your family relationships, and how you choose to spend your time.

This weekend I am spending my time with my 8 year old son... and we will be at his first Virginia Tech football game. He is going to experience Lane stadium, Enter Sandman and being able to watch his favorite college football team, that he hopes to play for some day, beat Pitt!

I was a senior at Tech and was at Bud Foster's first game coaching as a defensive coordinator. I will now be there when Bud Foster coaches his last game at Tech. I am thrilled to be able to be there, but for me the definition of strength, grit, perseverance and fight will not just be on the field that day, but will be sitting next to me in the stands yelling his little head off.

Thanks to the TKP community for being fans and staying positive. Hokie football is something that is awesome and should be appreciated and enjoyed no matter what. To me, win or lose, this game will mean a little bit more than most.

Go Hokies!

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Shit, I completely missed the important paragraph on this one. Glad your kid is doing well. Couldn't imagine going through that.

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glad your son is doing well

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Very well said, perspective can be a great equalizer for us. I'm as guilty as most of letting this stuff go to my head. Thanks for sharing your story it's awesome to hear your son is doing so much better. I hope his first experience is Lane is a memorable one. Go Hokies!

We will all yell our heads off (with as much curse word control as we can muster) to insure that this is the greatest experience of his young and already distinguished life. This is for your entire family:

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

My wife is of Italian descent... so not too many words the kid doesn't know at this point. :) We look forward to yelling with all of you.

Oh, Yeaahh!!!

Fuck Cancer.

This weekend I am spending my time with my 8 year old son... and we will be at his first Virginia Tech football game.

Let the Hokies in the assembly say "Fam"


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Enjoy the important things in life. May his first game be full of wonderful memories.

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.






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So glad your son is doing well, excited for y'all!!

Why are you trying to make me cry at work?

Glad your son is doing well. I took my 8 year old son to his first game this year, UNC, and he slept through the first quarter, but stayed for all the OTs.

My man, great post. Enjoy that game, enjoy the spectacle, soak in the smells, sounds and emotions this day will bring you. To have your son by your side, after all the long hospital visits, the nerve-racking appointments, the anxiousness of news...it will be a great reward to sit there knowing, win or lose—this day is for you guys. Make it count, takes lots of pictures...this will be one of those moments you'll cherish all throughout your life—and his.

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Hope your son's first game is one for the ages and creates some great memories for you all and another Hokie for life. Glad to hear he's doing well.

If you play it, they will win.

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This hit me in the feels. My greatest fear in life is losing a kid before I pass. I'm ecstatic for you that your son is doing well and you'll get to share Saturday's game with him. I pray for his continued good health and may you have many more game experiences with him in the many years to come. Go Hokies!

This was definitely a tear-jerker, but a great read. Happy to hear your family is still in tact.

This story serves as a great reminder that reason why Hokie football is so special; it's because it's an opportunity to build memories and personal relationships. (side note - this is why I get so annoyed with the "I'm not traveling to watch my team lose" complaint. Some of my favorite VT memories were heart breaking losses, just because it was good times with friend).

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best wishes to you and your family...and Go Bud

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Not on the same level as having a child with cancer, but my wife has Cystic Fibrosis. Back in September she got hospitalized for the first time in 14 years (which is unheard of to go that long without a hospitalization in the CF world). Since she was hospitalized we missed the first two home games of the season and had to watch them from her hospital bed on a laptop. She kept apologizing and apologizing to me for us not getting to go. But where she was stuck was she didn't grasp that the last thing I was worried about was the games at that time. I needed her to get back to full health. TKP was an outlet for me as well. I dont post a lot on here but I do enjoy the witty comments and high level insight into the plays/program/etc. It did the same for me it put everything into perspective in that moment. Then when she did get out of the hospital and back to her healthy normal self and we go to come to the next home game, it was such a rush of emotions for me because of what it meant to have her there by my side rooting on the Hokies.

So glad to hear your little one is doing well and prayers for continued positive news! Hope he and you both have a blast at the game on saturday!

Go Hokies!

Always Jumping even from hours away.

I can relate. My wife has been in treatment for Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia, and for the first season in a decade we have not been able to make a game due to the chemo and low antibody levels in her blood. Last treatment, hopefully for a long time, is the week before the ACC Championship, so we are really hoping spend New Years together at the Orange Bowl to celebrate. Watching the games together on TV has certainly helped get through some rough weekends, and having a support community on TKP is a great distraction from the heavier things in life.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Prayers up to your wife and that you'll be celebrating with her at the Orange Bowl!

Always Jumping even from hours away.

My 10 year old niece passed not too long ago from CF. She was stronger than anyone in my family.

It's a brutal illness for sure. I tell my wife all the time she's the strongest person I've ever met with all she has to do. Prayers to you and your family with regards to your niece.

Always Jumping even from hours away.

Thank you and I hope her health continues to stay on the positive side. Enjoy the game!

Oh, Yeaahh!!!

This post needs to go plaid.

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

I've always been too cheap to splurge and buy myself a turkey leg at the game, but I'd like to buy one for your 8-year-old (or if he'd prefer something else instead). I think my venmo account is my usename on here or possibly my name, but I will check tonight when I get home and respond to this message. Or if you'd prefer I write a check and mail it after the game, that's no problem. Either way, I'd like to help make your son's time at the game a little more memorable and I'm sure you have money you need to spend towards other bills.

You are too kind and the offer is greatly appreciated, but not necessary. I was blessed to have a job with good health insurance during his treatment which helped keep expenses from getting too out of hand. Just being surrounded by the great VT community and being at a game will make this experience amazing for him. Thank you for your kind gesture.

Oh, Yeaahh!!!

Amazing man. What an incredible and special experience this will for you and your son.

Man fuck cancer is all I can say its stolen alot of joy from us all and from myself I'm happy that you and your family have come out winners and can spend time knowing just how valuable life really is. Hope the little man has a great first game and were glad he gets to have that experience and to many more to come.

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Hoping for continued great health for your son. I went through a lesser amount of stress than you as my Hokie son only spent about 8 months in cancer treatment. We also had to endure the pain of losing a friend that we met in our stays in the hospital. Childhood cancer is not a club you want to be in but my son tried to be a friend to the younger ones and visit them during his chemo stays in the hospital.
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If anyone would like to contribute to my son's VT Relay for Life team, he would greatly appreciate it. As a Freshman, this was one of the first things he did at school, joining the Relay. So proud of him for being selected to serve on the school leadership team for the Relay. Go Hokies! F Cancer!

done, fam

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Enjoy the game! Really happy for you guys.

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Awesome read. Not sure where you are sitting for the game, but if you stick around after, head over to section 6-8 in the West Stands. The players will come into the stands to see freinds and family after the post-game meeting in the locker room (about 10 minutes after the whistle). My kids love getting pictures and maybe a glove or wrist band from the players and I bet your son would too! It is a fun experience.

Thanks... awesome tip. We will be sitting in the West stands

Oh, Yeaahh!!!

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I'm glad your son is doing well.

Have fun at the game on Saturday!

Go Hokies.

....Hope u have a really good day with your son...

My wife takes the kids and leaves the house while I watch my Hokie games.........nuff said

This shirt will always get a leg from me.

Always Jumping even from hours away.

Glad your Boy is doing well and hope he enjoys his first game!

My first game since 2002, been a long time since I've been to the 'burg, and even longer since I've been to Lane Stadium.

I plan to have a blast and hope you all do to!

Go Hokies!

As the father of a 5 year old, I can't even begin to imagine what your family has been through. Glad to hear you've got a healthy 8 year old on your hands!

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

This is one of those things that's impossible for anyone to know what it's like to go through without experiencing it first hand.
Glad it was a positive outcome for your son, God must have great plans for him.

Do the players or coaches ever get to see posts like this? I think it would be great for those guys to see how much their hard work means to folks in these situations.
Plus it would be a great tribute to KoolAids son if he could find out those guys knew his story.

Thank you for the thoughts. I liked comment above that said some of the players come up after the game into section 6/8. I know my son will be happy to just see the players, we are about 25 or 30 rows back so he should be able to see the players pretty well on the sideline. He would be excited to meet any of them or just get high 5s. I am hoping that we can get down to Tech in time for the player walk at 1:00pm but we will see. Do people recommend that?

On a separate comment I know "KoolAid's son" was tough to put in text and made me laugh. My name is Terry and thanks to everyone for the kind comments today. I can't wait for the weekend.

Oh, Yeaahh!!!

Glad to hear that your son is doing better.

There might have been better games to come to this year. Forecast is rain and cool (50ish). Please be sure to keep him warm and dry if possible. I think they stock warm hot chocolate to combat the cold.

Will see you in the west stands (the best stands).

I am hoping that the forecast isn't totally accurate, but we will make the most of it either way. I am picking up ponchos on my way home from work today. See you in the West stands.

Oh, Yeaahh!!!

Some of my favorite memories in Lane were in miserable weather. Like you said, it's all about perspective. You're gonna have a great day regardless of the weather. Stay as dry and warm as possible, but he's an 8-year-old boy, so he probably doesn't give a shit about some rain.

If you don't already have any, I would recommend picking up some hand warmers with the ponchos. Those things really make a difference. You can keep your hands dry and let him hold onto your keys to shake on 3rd down. Best of both worlds.

Having a 5 year old son makes me tear up reading this. Very glad to hear that he is doing well, I hope he has a great time at the game (you too), and that the Hokies put on a great show.

I have a 4 year old son and I was taken back emotionally when I just took him to the spring game...walking through tunnel into the stands made me realize how lucky I was to share this with him. Damn glad to hear your son is doing well and I pray he continues to kick butt and live a long healthy life. I'm proud to be a Hokie and be a fan with folks like you and you're family. Go Hokies and enjoy the game with your son Saturday vtkoolaid...and tell terry I said "Let's go...Hokies!!!!"


This definitely makes all the work TKP takes to run worth it. He's going to love the game and more than anything I hope the Hokies win for him.

Thanks Joe for the positivity and support!

Oh, Yeaahh!!!

Sad and inspirational. Thank you for sharing and I hope you and your son have a great time sharing his first Hokie football experience. I worry about my two teenage boys constantly, I can't imagine what a difficult time that must have been for all of you. Sooooo glad he is doing better.

I'm just here to sling some legs

How is this at 4 legs after 2 days? Y'all need to recognize the importance of this symbol.

I'm sorry, I'm not familiar with the emblem. What's the meaning?

Dude, awesome. Glad your son is doing well and you get to do these things with him. My youngest is a childhood leukemia survivor as well, so I have a soft spot for stories like this. I got to give him a fantastic experience at his first VT game two years ago against UNC, after nearly 14 years in remission. God speed to you and your family!

(As I type this from the hospital because my daughter was just born on Monday and we are waiting on one last echo to ensure she's a strong survivor just like her brother.)

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As I type this from the hospital because my daughter was just born on Monday


"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Literally, FAM!

Congratulations on both fronts! Glad your son is doing well and that you have a new addition to the FAM!

Oh, Yeaahh!!!

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!



Sorry for the rain, but hope you and your son enjoyed the win. Best wishes. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Hope your son had a blast at the game. I know that the memories will be wonderful for both of you-- especially with the awesome win.

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.