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From Invisible to Invincible: How Vince Papale Tackled Cancer
1/12/16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Vince Papale will visit Lebanon County in January to speak about his battle with cancer and to help celebrate the opening of WellSpan Good Samaritan’s new cancer center. The program, “From Invisible to Invincible: How Vince Papale Tackled Cancer,” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12 at the historic Allen Theatre in Annville. The event is FREE and open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are required by calling 877-835-2610. WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital is hosting the event to celebrate the Jan. 4 opening of its new, state-of-the-art, $13 million Sechler Family Cancer Center in Lebanon. Papale, of Cherry Hill, N.J., embodied courage and determination when, as a 30-year-old school teacher, he tried out and made the Philadelphia Eagles football team in 1976. Papale spent three seasons with the team as a special teams player and wide receiver and was voted Special Teams Captain by his teammates. His incredible story was told in the 2006 movie “Invincible,” starring Mark Wahlberg as Papale. Papale had to draw on that courage again in 2001, when he was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 55. He credits his wife, Janet, with saving his life by urging him to be screened for the cancer. Papale had surgery to remove part of his colon and did not need any further treatment. Since then, he says he has been “clean and green,” a reference to his famous uniform color. As a motivational speaker, he urges others to get screened and to spread awareness of the disease. For more information about this event and other community health events in Lebanon County, visit www.WellLebanon.org.