Philadelphia Flyers' Wives Fight For Lives Carnival: Bill Barber

William Levin, MD
The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Last Modified: March 6, 2002

Bill BarberOn a day when The First Union Center is filled with a circus-like atmosphere one cannot help but to notice that there is sadness in Bill Barber's smile. Given the recent death of his wife secondary to complications of lung cancer, a person wonders what is racing through the mind of the Flyers head coach. "It's difficult [being here today], but the carnival is for a very good cause and I'm just glad to be a part of it," says Barber as he dutifully signs autographs and poses for pictures.

When asked about advice for family members of cancer patients Barber offers, "Keep your beliefs high. Believe in your doctors and never give up." The coach of the first place Flyers also underscores the importance of keeping in touch with the treating physicians. "We were very fortunate that way. The doctors did all the follow-up that was necessary to keep us informed. There was always great communication. The doctors kept me in tune with everything that was going on, there were no gray areas."

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