On Wednesday, August 1, Rhonda VanSickle and her three sons Alex (20), Austin (17), and Blake (15) will visit Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp to enjoy a special day with their favorite team. Rhonda, who has been diagnosed with stage four breast and bone cancer, has made it her wish through the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation to offer her sons a memorable experience with the Buccaneers. The family will travel all the way from Lee's Summit, Missouri, to receive a tour of One Buccaneer Place, watch the team's morning session, and meet Buccaneers players and coaches at the conclusion of practice.
Rhonda, a Physical Education teacher at Summit Point Elementary School in Missouri, has continued to lead an inspirational life while fighting the deadly disease. Along with raising her children, she has helped raise awareness for the fight against cancer, having spoken on the importance for fundraising and cancer research. She is also in the process of finishing graduate school, while ensuring her children continue their academic and extracurricular pursuits. Austin, who has been nationally-recognized as a college prospect at tight end/wide receiver, and younger brother Blake, will play together this fall on the Lee's Summit West High School football team. They are longtime Buccaneers fans and will have the chance to meet their favorite players, including QB Josh Freeman, who they followed at Grandview High School (Missouri) and Kansas State University, when they were younger.
On Wednesday, the Buccaneers will carry out Rhonda's wish with support from the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation, which provides memorable opportunities for cancer-stricken families.
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