Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Chris Egler epitomized Manatee Spirit Award

If there was anybody who emulated Spirit of Manatee Awards on Wednesday it is Chris Egler.

He and wife Sue received a Volunteer Spirit honor and it was so appropriate.

That Egler was present epitomized his spirit.

A resilient spirit.

Just before Thanksgiving 2011, doctors gave him two weeks to live.

Egler had cancer.

Over the years, he and his wife had raised nearly $200,000 for needy children and families with fishing tournaments they organized, but his failing health has curtailed them.

That didn't stop the Eglers from volunteering at the Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival, working a booth selling raffle tickets and raising another $8,000 for children's charities.

"It's all about the kids," he said.

When the Eglers ascended the steps at the Bradenton Auditorium Wednesday, it was apparent to the audience Chris Egler, who is still being treated for cancer, was having difficulty.

Struggling with his emotions, he thanked all those who supported their charitable endeavors and that they would try to carry on the best they could, cancer or no.

You could've heard a pin drop in the room.

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