LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. -- Jason Bertschy is just 32 years old. He's married and his son just turned three. But Bertschy is now trying to come to grips with mortality. He has a rare form of bladder cancer and is on home hospice. After a rough year, Bertschy and his wife, Beth, needed a break, even if it was only for a few hours.
So when the opportunity to go to a Chiefs game presented itself, they jumped at the opportunity. Generosity from a Chiefs’ fan and the Chiefs organization gave him an experience of a lifetime. They got up early last Sunday and tailgated before Jason used his field pass to meet Dwayne Bowe.
“He signed my ball and said, ‘God bless you, good luck with everything,’” Bertschy said.
Then it was off to the victory suite. It was kind of crowded, but in the fourth quarter Jason said everyone got to sit together.
“I was really happy I could share that experience with them be there with them,” Bertschy said. “It was great to experience it with my wife and my best friend from forever and my mom.”
The day took its toll - but was well worth it. After more than a year of fighting the rare bladder cancer, surgery isn't an option and he's no longer doing chemotherapy. As he comes to grips with life and death, his focus isn't on himself, but on his family.
“I don’t want to abandon them in this rough spot at such a kind of unique age,” he said.
It's a far cry from his thoughts when he first heard the news he had cancer in May 2012.
“The first thoughts in my mind were you know, I can’t wait to say that I beat cancer,” he said.
But short of a miracle, Jason won't be able to say that. He and Beth and their son, Beckett, spend as much time together as they can while facing that reality.
“You want to see your kids grow up you want to have all those special moments with your wife,” he said.
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