Monday, November 3, 2008

Cancer Scare Helps Calvillo Put Football In Perspective

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo relaxes with his wife Alexia and children Olivia, and Ahtena at his home on Sunday. THE GAZETTE/Marco Campanozzi

From The National Post:

MONTREAL -- Life cannot possibly clash more than this. The exhilarating high that comes from the arrival of a new baby and then, days later, the stunning news of a life-threatening disease. Those polarized feelings were experienced by Alexia Kontolemos and her husband, Montreal Alouettes' quarterback Anthony Calvillo.

In October 2007, the family welcomed the birth of their second daughter, Olivia Christina. Exactly one week later, on Oct. 22, Alexia learned she had cancer. Her mind started racing. How and why could this happen? There's no history of the dreaded disease in her family. And, finally, the inevitable thought crossed her mind -- death. She was only 33. What would happen if she died? How would her husband cope? Who would look after Athena, now 3, and the new baby?

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