Imagine you're a big fan of all three Kansas teams and just as March Madness begins, you're stuck in the hospital getting treated for cancer. Well, one Wichita man did not let that stop him from having one heck of a watch party during the first round games on Friday.
"When they offered this up, I just couldn't pass it up," Roger Weast says. "It's great!"
The party was in the movie theater in the cancer unit at Via Christi Hospital.
"All things being equal, I might want to be on the outside at some big party, but this is a close second," Weast explains.
He was diagnosed with a form of leukemia in January, and has been in and out of the hospital ever since. When hospital staff learned he was a big basketball fan, they arranged for Weast and his family to take over the theater and enjoy the games together.
"It keeps your mind off things you don't want to be thinking about," Weast says.
Given their situation, his wife says the thrills of March Madness couldn't come at a better time.
"It's been a struggle to say the least," Jennifer Weast explains. "It was a shock, because Roger has never been sick a day in his life. So for them to make this available to us has been awesome."
As his family cheers on Roger in his battle against cancer, they join him in cheering on Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State all in one big day of basketball. They're thankful for the time together, and appreciating every shining moment.