Chip Hare – Back in the Game
In the mid-90s when Chip Hare was a standout for the University of Dayton’s basketball team, he had no idea a much more serious opponent waited for him down the road -- cancer. But, with the technology, compassion and convenience offered at Upper Valley Medical Center, Chip waged the game of his life and won.
It started out like swollen glands and he decided to get checked out. When the doctor told him “Hodgkin’s lymphoma” he couldn’t believe his ears. “The shock settles in and you can’t believe it’s happening to you. Of course a million thoughts ran through my mind.” His physician practiced in Cincinnati, so the drive back to Piqua gave Chip Hare, athletic director at Edison Community College, some time to think.
Chip’s father-in-law died from lymphoma so sharing the news with his wife was particularly tough. Chip’s oncologist in Cincinnati had a very good reputation throughout the Midwest. But the drive to Cincinnati was exhausting. “I did six months of chemotherapy and one month of radiation. I drove to Cincinnati four times a month.” His physician was concerned about Chip driving down to Cincinnati every day for the radiation treatments. After some research, she recommended he go to the Cancer Care Center at UVMC.
After meeting the staff at the Cancer Care Center, Chip met Dr. Setzkorn and knew he was in the right place. “I felt very comfortable. They walked us through a simulation of the radiation – everything from A to Z.” Chip was impressed with the caring attitude and sensitivity to not only tackling the disease but meeting his emotional and mental needs at the time. “Looking at it from an athletic perspective, we needed to finish strong and UVMC did a great job in helping me close the game strong.”
Needless to say, a ten-minute drive for radiation treatments was much more appealing. But Chip wanted the best care by the best people and was willing to drive a long distance for it. The staff and care at UVMC was beyond compare as far as Chip was concerned. “There was a plan and they shared it with us. From day one to my last treatment, it was great care.” Three weeks and 18 treatments later, Chip said he was so prepared by the staff that nothing happened to him physically that he didn’t expect. “The side effects were minimal and I was able to go to work, come to the center, get the radiation and was back at work 45 minutes later like nothing had happened.”
Chip Hare who lives in Miami County with his young family calls the Cancer Care Center at UVMC a “jewel in the community.” The level of competency combined with home-grown compassion works to make the Cancer Care Center a special place for cancer care. “They allowed me to get the quality of life back that I chose. I can live knowing we did what we had to do to conquer this disease and move on.”
Chip Hare has been involved in athletic team competition most of his life but the battle he waged against cancer involved a team of a different sort...a team that helped him get back in the game of life. And, for that he is grateful.