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A Friend Called Mansbreek

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Which, finally, brings me around to the point of this column.

It’s really about Joe Mansbreek, a 58-year-old friend of mine who, by all accounts, doesn’t have long to live.

Mansbreek was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2004 and liver cancer in 2005. He ultimately wound up with lung cancer, which seems to be the one that will finish him off, although with that many cancers ravaging the body, it’s hard to say. Through the treatments and chemotherapy, there came a point where Mansbreek realized the writing was on the wall and he started to focus more on enjoying what was left of his life as opposed to chasing every life-sapping treatment that was available to him. And he did exactly that, living his life to the fullest and staring down the enemy with courage and conviction that I’m sure most people would have a tough time mustering.
 
If Mansbreek’s story sounds familiar, it should, because Joe Mansbreek is actually Pat Burns.

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Wow.  That’s why McKenzie is the best.  Read the whole thing if you haven’t yet.

Posted by RoneFace on 09/17/10 at 05:11 PM ET

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