Eagles fan and cancer survivor Alex Scarpone is being featured on a future episode of DIY Network's Man Caves show ...
A man cave is somewhere where you can go to get away from all of the buzz. It's a place for some alone time, some thought and, of course, it's a great place to watch a game.
This is what young Eagles fan Alex Scarpone wanted. He wanted a place to watch his favorite sporting events, somewhere to cheer for his favorite teams and somewhere to hang all of his Eagles gear. Thanks to the DIY Network and the show Man Caves, Alex is getting just that. He is getting his basement transformed into one that would be any Eagles fan's dream thanks to the help of the show's hosts Jason Cameron and former NFL player, Tony Siragusa.
Growing up, Scarpone was doing everything that you would expect from a young boy. He was going to school, spending time with his family, hanging out with his friends, playing sports and doing everything else in between. When he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on September 22, 2014, his life changed. ALL is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many immature lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. It is the most common type of cancer found in children.
He and his family did everything they could to balance the struggles of the leukemia while trying to maintain a sense of normalcy. Hospital visits, chemotherapy - the whole nine yards, Scarpone battled through it all and now, at 16, his cancer is in remission as he continues with treatments.
Scarpone is a massive Eagles fan, be he is specifically a Zach Ertz fan. When the tight end heard of this, he was happy to come down and surprise Scarpone with a visit. Not only did Ertz surprise the Scarpone family, but he also helped Siragusa and the rest of the crew work on Alex's very own man cave.
"It was a great experience working with Tony Siragusa and the rest of the other guys at the DIY Man Caves project," Ertz said. "It was a lot of fun giving back to Alex and working with his dad on his very own man cave."
That's right, Alex's dad, Mark, is even helping with the cave, but he can't even peek at the final product. When Siragusa and the crew finally showed the Scarpone family Alex's new man cave, it will be a complete surprise to everyone in the family right down to their dog, Frankie, but Ertz snuck a peek at it.
"He is a great kid, so if I can influence him in anyway then I'm happy to do it," Ertz said.
From being there, it was evident that Ertz influenced Alex and his entire family. Everyone was happy to see him and it was a special moment when Alex learned of his surprise visit as the Eagles' tight end entered the family's living room.
"Alex was dealt something he never really could control," Ertz explained. "So, it's something special to be able to put a smile on his face and to really just help give him a positive attitude."
Not only was Ertz able to give Alex a positive attitude and a smile, but this entire experience will keep him smiling as in a couple of days he will have his own place to watch the games, hang his Eagles gear and really just enjoy himself, which is something that everyone who knows Alex is thankful for too.