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Philadelphia Man Says Phillies Dollar Dog Night Helped Him Discover Cancer Diagnosis

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A Delaware County man credits the Philadelphia Phillies’ dollar dog night promotion for leading him to a cancer diagnosis that ultimately saved his life. according to a report from Fox29 Philadelphia. The popular promotion helped Phillies fan Bill Finn discover that he had stage-4 diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that begins in white blood cells.

Last September, Finn went to a Phillies game on Dollar Dog Night with the intention of breaking his own personal record for hot dogs eaten. The next day, Finn woke up with a stomachache that he thought was the result of his overindulgence, but the pain persisted for more than a week.

Finn visited a doctor at the urging of his wife Heather, which led to a series of visits the following month before he was diagnosed with cancer. That began with a seven-month period of aggressive radiation and chemotherapy that began just days before the birth of his son Ryker.

A year later, the Phillies invited Finn back to their ballpark, and he had the chance to get on the field and meet Phillies World Series-winning manager and franchise great Charlie Manuel. The Finns use Bill’s story to encourage people not to ignore seemingly normal health symptoms.

“I went back to work. I still play softball, I see my son grow, so it’s just a blessing,” Bill said.

The final edition of Dollar Dog Night came against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, and the end result was well worth it for Phillies fans. The Phillies scored a walk-off victory with a single by Matt Vierling in the 10th inning, giving them a 2.5 games lead over the Milwaukee Brewers for the final Wild Card spot in the National League.

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