Arlington, Texas - The Super Bowl lived up to Ed Demyan's
adopted team, the Green Bay Packers, prevailed over the Pittsburgh Steelers
"You know, I'm a Cleveland Browns fan first, but I was thrilled to see the Packers beat the Steelers," Demyan
"If my Browns couldn't win it, I'm glad Green Bay did.
When you're a Browns fan, or an Indians fan, or a Cavs fans, you need a backup team to root for."
It's easy to root for the 47-year-old Demyan
, a father of three girls and a salesman for Gunton Corp., a distributor for Pella Windows, in Westlake, Ohio.
was diagnosed with Stage III pancreatic cancer in May 2010.
After 13 chemotherapy treatments and a month of radiation, Demyan
was scheduled to have surgery.
Three days before the operation, doctors told Demyan
the cancer had spread to his
bones, and the surgery was canceled.
In December, he
had two more sessions of chemotherapy.
"In November, Ed
was given the news that he has six to nine months," said his fiancée, Mary Kaye Mackulin.
"They made Ed's
dream come true and it's magic.
couldn't believe we were going to Dallas for the Super Bowl."
It may not exactly be magical, but it is amazing what donated frequent-flier miles, scores of phone calls and the dedication of the Dream Foundation
staff can accomplish.
"We are honored to be able to serve Ed's dream," said Thomas Rollerson, Dream Foundation founder.
and Mary Kaye deserve time away from his prognosis."
share a love of football, and in a letter to the organization they shared their wish to attend Super Bowl XLV in Dallas.
The itinerary for their five-day trip to Dallas was hand-delivered by volunteers to Demyan
home Feb. 1.
You don't know how Ed
will feel or be in a few months or next spring."
is such a trouper," she
"Jim and his wife were so nice to us," Demyan
wore his No. 57 Cleveland Browns jersey to the Super Bowl in honor of Clay Matthews' father, who played 16 seasons for the Browns.
On Sunday, accompanied by Dream Foundation board member Richard Burnham, Demyan and Mackulin took their seats in Cowboys Stadium for the Super Bowl.
"I think the Packers will win, 31-30," Demyan
"It will be close.
But I'm from Cleveland and I don't want the Steelers to win.
We're surrounded by Steelers fans and they have an attitude.
They're not like Packer fans."
enjoyed the close finish and the excitement and emotion of the post-game trophy presentation.
"That's where the Lombardi trophy belongs - in Green Bay," he
will battle his
cancer the best he
can in the coming year, with a supportive fiancée and family at his
is even looking forward to a possible return to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis next season.
"If I'm still around, I'd love to be in Indianapolis," Demyan
"For the Packers vs. the Browns.