We Carolina Panthers fans like to tell each other to Keep Pounding because it’s a slogan that sounds cool. We do remember it was started by Sam Mills when he was sick but we seldom think of it that way, or I didn’t anyway.
That changed for me recently when I saw a post in the Panthers4life.com Facebook Group by Mr. Kenny Long. Mr. Long is losing a battle with pancreatic cancer but the Carolina Panthers and his fellow fans of the team are much on his mind. Here is the post he left in the group.
“I would like to say that I will always be a Panthers 4Life! But I regretfully have say that I will be a Panthers in the After Life as I was just given the news today officially from my Oncologist that my bout with pancreatic cancer has taken a turn for the worse and I have only 6 - 12 months left to live. Without chemotherapy I have 6 months, with, maybe a year. I have followed the Panthers religiously since the very beginning and attended games at Clemson Stadium the 1st season and continue going to games this year. I love my Panthers and will be watching and pulling for them from up above. Was hoping for a Super Bowl victory this year and still hold that hope if we can get all phases of our game on the right track. I love you my Panther Brothers and Sisters and will always be there 4 you and our Beloved Panthers! As Sam Mills said "Keep Pounding" and never give up faith and hope for the team we love! Always be a TRUE Fan and never a fair weather fan! Those who continue to keep bad mouthing our team, please do all of us a favor and find someone else to follow and support because we don't need you! As always: Go Panthers, Keep Pounding!”
Talking to Mr. Long on Facebook to get permission and information for this article he again mentioned his love of the Carolina Panthers. Mr. Long is 58 years old and was born in Gastonia NC. He is currently single but was married before. He has no kids of his own but is close to the children of some friends of his and loves his pets. And he loves his Carolina Panthers.
We tend to use sports as a distraction from the daily grind of life. Sometimes we tend to take both life and the joys we find in it for granted. Mr. Long’s situation got to me because both my dad and a favorite uncle lost their fight with cancer. So I understand if only a little, what he and his family and friends are going through.
If you want to leave a message for Mr. Long he will see it in the comments below or I can forward them to him. I am sure you will want to join me in telling Mr. Long to indeed Keep Pounding.