Waynesburg University student with cancer heads to Super Bowl | Local News


Waynesburg University student Corey Fischer, who is battling cancer, recently received a super surprise from Pittsburgh Steeler TJ Watt.

The linebacker offered Fischer two tickets to attend Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles.

Fischer, a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan, found out he would be heading to the game in a surprise Zoom call while at UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he was undergoing a round of chemotherapy in hospitalization for Ewing’s sarcoma.

“I was completely in shock,” Fischer said. “I’m a huge sports fan – a huge Steelers fan, a Pitt fan and a Penguins fan – and it’s a sports fan’s dream to go to the Super Bowl.”

Watt told Fischer he was jealous the 21-year-old was in the Super Bowl, “because you’re about to do something that I’m not able to do this year.

“We couldn’t do the job. We couldn’t go to the Super Bowl. But you are, my friend. You go to the Super Bowl,” Watt told Fischer.

During their chat, Fischer told Watt, who tied the NFL sack record, that he’s been enjoying watching him “get out” this season.

“I’m glad I was able to do interviews after talking to him because I don’t think I got a lot of reaction when he told me about the tickets, but that’s because I was shocked,” said Fisher. .

Fischer, a marketer and pitcher for the Yellow Jackets baseball team, was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma on November 12.

Before the diagnosis, Fischer thought he might have injured his hip.

“I was in a lot of pain. I couldn’t walk. I haven’t slept for 2 and a half months,” he said.

At the Nov. 12 appointment at the Children’s, the doctor told Fischer that they would likely let him know the results in about a week.

“But they called as soon as I got home, and I kind of knew that couldn’t be good news,” Fischer said.

His treatment protocol, which includes chemotherapy and radiation therapy, is expected to last about nine months.

Fischer will begin another round of chemotherapy the day after his Super Bowl return.

Fischer was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers and Children’s organization to receive the Super Bowl package, which includes hotel accommodations and airfare.

His father, Scot, will accompany him.

Fischer said his mother, Gina, a nurse at Children’s Hospital, “has stayed with me pretty much throughout this case.”

“So she’s happy that my dad and I can spend time together,” Fischer said.

Fischer and his father are due to arrive in Los Angeles early Friday and plan to spend the weekend sightseeing before attending the game.

They plan to visit the Santa Monica Pier and Rodeo Drive, among other places.

As for the game, which will pit the Cincinnati Bengals against the Los Angeles Rams, Fischer will likely be rooting for the northern rivals the AFC Steelers.

“I tell people this Bengals team is different, they’re friendly,” he said, noting that former Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd will be on the field for Cincinnati.

But he’s betting the Rams, led by another all-time Pitt great, Aaron Donald, will win the NFL’s second-to-last game.

Fischer plans to bring a Terrible Towel to the game and wear a TJ Watt jersey.

“It would have been great if the Steelers had pulled it off,” Fischer said, “but whoever wins, it’s going to be a great experience.”


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