Joe Vide, battling cancer, gets help from former D.C. United teammate Bryan Namoff and "Couture for a Cure."
But in an unfortunate fluke of timing, just months after getting his politics degree from the University of Virginia and while exploring military service, the 26-year-old suddenly took ill in March while cooking dinner in his NoVa apartment. At the hospital, doctors found a lemon-size mass in front of his heart and smaller tumor near his pancreas. He had Hodgkin's lymphoma.
"It's definitely caught me, my family and loved ones off-guard," Vide told us from Raleigh, N.C., where he's living with his dad and undergoing chemotherapy. He's also battling with the health insurer he'd only signed up with weeks before his diagnosis, as the insurer says his cancer was a preexisting condition.
In a more fortunate fluke of timing, though, Vide has become the beneficiary of a friend and former teammate's pre-existing interest in the disease. Last spring, United standout Bryan Namoff helped his wife, Nadine, put together a benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society -- a glitzy fashion-themed party they called "Couture for a Cure," with various United stars dressed by local designers gamely walking the runway.
Namoff told us he had urged Nadine to make it an annual thing, with the plan of not just benefiting the society but also a cancer patient -- when they realized they knew one: Vide was his roommate during preseason training last year. Tuesday night's event at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, a glimpse at the new DKNY collection, will help underwrite Vide's medical expenses.
"It really puts a purpose to the event, when it's going directly to someone you know," said Nadine Namoff, whose father died of lymphoma. "You think, pro athletes, they take such great care of care of their bodies," but it can happen to anyone, "and it does."
"I'm very indebted to the Namoffs for thinking of me," said Vide, who will not be able to make it to D.C. for the event. "I'm only five or six days out of [chemo] treatment. It's tough enough getting out of bed."
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May 25, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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