Before he became a star safety with the Kansas City Chiefs, a five-time Pro Bowl player, and winner of multiple NFL awards, Eric Berry played football at Creekside High School in Fairburn, Georgia. When Berry was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in December 2014, he came home to be with his family and to seek treatment at Winship Cancer Institute. Under the care of lymphoma expert Christopher Flowers, MD, Berry underwent an aggressive chemotherapy regimen lasting into the spring of 2015. His determination and ability to stay in shape throughout treatment were extraordinary. He rejoined his team at summer training camp and finished the season back in the limelight.
While his football career continues to surge forward, Eric Berry hasn't forgotten what it's like to be a cancer patient. On return trips, he reunites with his Winship care team and takes time to visit other patients battling cancer.
"Eric's story and his strength are truly a testament to his individual will power, his great spirit, his faith, and his supportive family. He is an inspiration to an incredible number of lymphoma and young adult cancer survivors," says Flowers.