My Aunt Gloria (Aunt Glo) would never be caught wearing Philadelphia Eagles gear on game day.
It wasn't because she was a bad fan. It was really just the opposite. She couldn't help but feel that wearing her Eagles colors on the day of a game was bad luck. She thought it was a jinx. Just by looking at her on game day, you might not be able to tell she was a big Eagles fan.
But looks can be deceiving. And who may have appeared to be an elderly woman whose physical appearance changed a lot since she was first diagnosed with breast cancer was actually the toughest warrior I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.
My Aunt Glo passed away on Thursday night. She will always be remembered as a very loving, thoughtful, and passionate person. She was always thinking of others before herself. For example, a few years ago, she insisted that I have one of her most prized possessions: her Eagles hat autographed by legendary wide receiver Harold Carmichael.
She told me how Carmichael was such a very sweet gentleman when she met him.
That she was able to be so kind despite fighting one of the hardest battles a person has to fight is truly a testament to her beautiful character. She was strong. She fought as hard as she could until the very end. She will always be remembered as an inspiration.
Aunt Glo has obviously been on my mind a lot and that's not going to change any time soon. I'm especially going to be thinking of her when the Eagles and Cowboys play this weekend. I know she would have been at home cheering the Birds on, without wearing her team gear of course.
I only wish the Eagles could beat the Cowboys, for her sake. I know how that would make her happy. It's what she would have wanted.
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