Sept. 24 is always a day that Chicago Fire goalkeeper Matt Lampson appreciates – for the good and the bad memories – as the date, now almost exactly 10 years ago, when he learned he was cancer-free.
“I don’t give a s—t about my birthday. This is the day I care about each year,” he said, last week, as it drew near. “That date is the date that turned me into who I am now. So that’s the date I really care about.”
Lampson was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin Lymphoma in high school. And a decade after beating it, he woke up on Sept. 24, 2017 and spent the Sunday traveling back from a Chicago Fire 3-1 loss in Philadelphia. He spent the rest of the day sitting on a “flying trashcan,” as he described it, next to a woman who took up his armrest, waiting on the tarmac for 40 minutes and then watching his beloved Miami Dolphins lose in the NFL.