Mall Of America Field
December 12, 2010 by USA Post
Favre’s gunslinger mentality and grain had a hand in the conquest of man Parsons of 53 years.
“One thing I really admire about him is he is like me, he is a fighter,” Heiskell said by telephone.
Heiskell, seven months in a battle with pancreatic cancer, called Saturday night from Minneapolis, where earlier in the day, he watched the Vikings practice, then spent about 10 minutes talking about the quarterback of 41 years. On Monday he will watch the Vikings take the New York Giants from the lower level seats at the Mall of America in the field.
This is all part of the trip set up by the Dream Foundation – an organization that helps adults with life threatening diseases.
“It’s like a dream come true,” Heiskell said as he waited in line for dinner at a restaurant in Minneapolis. “The dream of the Foundation treated me really well. It was incredible. ”
Heiskell, a lifelong resident Parsons, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May and said he had four months to live. Seven months later he is still very good – not out of the woods, but still fighting.
“I feel good and the doctors all say I’m fine,” he said. “I have not shrunk away.”
Two weeks ago, Heiskell came home in a box outside the door. It came from the Dream Foundation and contained almost everything and his wife, Mary, would need for their trip to the Twin Cities – airfare, game tickets, hotel reservations and arrangements to meet Favre.
Via Christi hospital groups in Pittsburgh, where Heiskell is being processed and the Parsons Foursquare Church chipped in with gas cards and extra money for the trip.
The Heiskell flew out of Kansas City on Friday and Saturday afternoon Doug had spent a few minutes of life-changing talking-quarter of the Super Bowl-winner.
“Oh, it was great. It’s just a guy from down home, a person really well,” Heiskell said, pausing to answer a question from a passerby on the shirt he autographed Favre wore. “You’d think that with his stature, it would be arrogant, but it is not. It’s like me or you, a good old boy.” Real friendly. ”
Security around Favre was “It’s raining,” Heiskell said, but the fourth struck-up – he is listed as doubtful for Monday’s game – Heiskell time spent giving some words of wisdom.
“He gave me some advice, said he was behind me in my fight against cancer,” Heiskell said. “He wished me the best and said he hoped that everything works for me.
“He said he did not give up. That’s what I like about him. He does not leave. It gets screwed and comes immediately. He never gives up.”
The only downside of the trip, Heiskell said, was the weather. A few less-7 was scheduled for Saturday evening. Twelve inches of snow had fallen over the past 24 hours, giving the region more than 20 inches in total.
“It’s unreal. I have not seen such a thing,” said Heiskell. “It’s cold and we got stuck for three hours on the light rail.
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