'It's not something I wish upon anyone'
Eagles Cheerleaders Corinne and Jaime share very personal stories about how cancer has been a part of their lives.
By Jillian Oddo
Something that makes your heart sink into your chest is hearing the word "cancer." Cancer carries such a negative connotation and affects millions of people every day. When you are younger, it is hard to really understand what cancer can do to a person, but as you learn more, it takes on a whole new meaning.
There is always hope that cancer won't come knocking on your door, but it has a mind of its own. Two Eagles Cheerleaders have grown up hearing the word "cancer" too often. Corinne Chun and Jaime Gialloreto were introduced to cancer at a young age, and it was difficult for them to realize what cancer entails.
"It takes on a different meaning for everybody. Throughout my life, I've been close to more and more people who have battled cancer. I now associate it with strength. All of the people I know who are battling or have battled cancer have shown an unwavering amount of strength within themselves." Jaime said. "I find it really admirable."
"My mom, she's lost pretty much her entire family to cancer. Having to see how it affected her and how it affected the rest of us is not something that I wish upon anyone else to go through," said Corinne.
The NFL has its Crucial Catch mission, which is to bring awareness to cancer. Every year, each NFL team has a Crucial Catch game to promote the fight against cancer through early detection. This year's Crucial Catch game for the Eagles is against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. Throughout this game, the Eagles will not only raise awareness, but they will honor cancer survivors and those who are currently battling the disease. Corinne and Jaime will be using this game as a tribute to their loved ones who have dealt with cancer.
With multiple family members being diagnosed with different types of cancer, Corinne has witnessed the impact cancer has had on her grandmother, mother, aunt, and uncle. When the Aiea, Hawaii, native was just 4 years old, she saw lung cancer take away her grandmother, Dorothy Rudolph.
"The way that she talked and interacted, she was still my loving grandmother, but I could tell things were different. That was the first time I was introduced to cancer and what it was," Corinne said.
Corinne took a deep breath and became emotional as she looked down at a photo of her with her parents, grandfather, and aunt. The second person Corinne remembers putting up a fight was her Aunt Sandi Lyon, who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Corinne was 10 at the time when Aunt Sandi fought for a couple of years, but she passed away at the age of 52.
Remembering her Aunt Sandi, Corinne mentioned how she was always cheerful, but the chemotherapy slowly started to take Sandi's smile away. "I got to see the process and see firsthand how cancer affected her life," Corinne recalled. "It changed her personality and what she did."