“Every little bit helps us get through this terrible time.”

This is pretty tough to read.

My name is Deangelo Tyson and I am asking that you please help my wonderful family including my five children and beautiful wife during this difficult time. As a former Georgia Bulldog and Baltimore Raven I know what it means to fight through hard times. However, at 32 years old I am now facing the biggest fight of all- Colon Cancer!

During June we received devastating news that has jeopardized my family and my life. After several months of losing weight (which I attributed to no longer playing sports). I began experiencing severe stomach pains. After a visit to the ER and multiple tests I received the words no one ever wants to hear- “Deangelo you have colon cancer”. I have since had surgery to remove the tumor and will begin chemotherapy right away. There are many hard days ahead.

Because of the extended time off work during the past few months I lost my job and have no steady income. My wife also was working but was terminated due to her caring for me. We have five wonderful children and currently have no jobs or ways to support them. The medical bills are piling up and will certainly grow as the treatment continues. For those of you who know me or my family you know that I don’t like a lot of attention on me. When I was blessed to be in the NFL for several years I was able to help families and young children which meant so much as a kid who grew up in a boys group home in South Georgia. Those resources have now gone away and it is hard for me to say it is me and my family who need help.

He’s already raised better than half his goal.  If you can help a Dawg out, do what you can.

19 Comments

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19 responses to ““Every little bit helps us get through this terrible time.”

  1. drunkenmonken

    God bless this family. Thanks for posting this senator.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. rugbydawg79

    I donated, Thank you Senator.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. chicagodawgfan

    Done – thank you for sharing Senator

    Liked by 4 people

  4. akascuba

    Senator,
    Thank you for sharing the opportunity to help. Hopefully this gets around and others can help too.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. TEXBaller

    Hoping Statesboro, GA steps up. I’ll help a Dawg out!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Derek

    This is the same kid that was raised in a group home in Statesboro. His family in Savannah couldn’t/wouldn’t take care of him or even come to visit him in Statesboro. When he started getting recruited, they tried to show back up.

    https://www.baltimoreravens.com/news/deangelo-tyson-overcomes-hardship-to-reach-nfl-7746256

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  7. David K

    Sad to see Americans have to crowdfund their healthcare. Richest country in the history of the world where even wealthy citizens will get bankrupted by a diagnosis.

    Liked by 10 people

    • jcdawg83

      I don’t think he’s raising money to pay for medical bills, I think he needs money for living expenses.

      Sad situation either way.

      Liked by 2 people

    • aim260

      Why don’t you piss off. No other country is more charitable, and this isn’t the thread to create a debate on healthcare systems. Donate and find another comment board…

      Liked by 3 people

  8. Honestly, 100K probably isn’t going to do it. Chemo is outrageously expensive, and we all know how much surgery can be. My wife was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 40. It took 3 surgeries, chemo and a last ditch effort of radiation therapy to cure her. I have good insurance, and it covered everything but my catastrophic cap that hit 6K in two consecutive years. I kept a large file of all of the bills, EOB’s etc. and it got about 2-3 inches thick by the end. I have never added it all up, but I think we were in the $500K range total – at least. One time during chemo, her white cell count was so low that they had to give her a shot so that she could get that week’s dose. That single shot was, if memory serves, about 5K. Anyway, just sad to hear that a young healthy man with a large family is having to go through this. I hope they got it early.

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  9. debbybalcer

    Thanks for sharing such sad news. He is so young.

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  10. godawgs1701

    It’s a 93,000 seat stadium. If everyone who has attended a game in 2019 gave a dollar, he’d basically have what he’s hoping to raise. I know DawgNation will rally to help him out, I made a donation, though it wasn’t as big as I would have liked to have been able to give, and was heartened to see how many others already had.

    Healthcare in this country is a discussion for another place, but I do hope that one of the things that gets reformed in this time of upheaval in college sports and NCAA regulatory disarmament is the development of post-graduate healthcare assistance for athletes. Colon cancer has nothing to do with football, obviously, but a lot of collegiate athletes have health issues that spring directly from their playing careers. We all know Paul Oliver’s story with CTE and what happened to him. The money in college football has simply gotten too big for us to be able to turn a blind eye to the condition we leave so many of our guys in after we’re done cheering for them. I’d like to see schools do a better job. And, for cases like DeAngelo’s where he’s facing a life-threatening illness, the schools should be able to take care of their own in that kind of context, too. The football program at the least should be making a sizeable contribution to the cause. That’s my two cents.

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    • drunkenmonken

      This is not a political statement. Healthcare reform could be done today. If every senator, representative, president, and cabinet member had to depend on the same healthcare as John Q. Public did reform would come quickly.

      Liked by 5 people

    • rugbydawg79

      I think this part of what makes us special. Dawgs step up when people are hurting countless times. Ringo’s Mom most recently.

      Liked by 2 people

  11. For a seventh round pick, Deangelo had a successful career. 3 years, career earnings of ~1.5m.

    He came from a tough background, so it wouldn’t be fair to Monday morning QB how someone 40 something would have spent/invested that money.

    BOL to Deangelo and getting back to good health for himself and his family!

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  12. Whiskey Dawg

    Done. Get well Deangelo.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. 123 Fake St

    Done.

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