Valley cancer survivor says hope in Cubs kept him alive

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A Valley man says he is lucky to be alive to see the World Series. He was given a few months to live after a cancer diagnosis but now  he is cancer free and cheering on his favorite team.

Fifteen years ago, Steve English was not only diagnosed with colon cancer, but he was also given just six months to live.

"You know, I looked up at him and said, 'I can't leave my wife and the Cubs haven't won a World Series, you can't take me,'" English said.

Steve's oldest daughter, Brittany, says the news was devastating.

"My dad is such an optimistic person, he's always smiling, he's the life of the party and to have to tell him that he's going to pass away in six months... it was scary, it was horrible," she said.

Steve had made a pact with God that he wasn't going to go before the Cubs won a World Series. A Cubs fan since birth, Steve says it's that eternal hope that kept him alive.

"Everybody knows they're the lovable losers," he said. "Every year I tell my friends this is it, they're going to win this year and every year I get disappointed."

For 11 years now, Steve has had a clean bill of health and the Cubs are still the best medicine. Steve glows when he talks about them.

"That second baseman, Biaz... just can't believe it!" he exclaimed.

Now, Steve says the only thing better than getting to be alive to see the Cubs win would be to be in the Windy City for the big day.

"I would love to be there tonight," he said. "I don't know what they're going to do if they win. I already told my boss I'm not coming in the next day. I don't even drink, but I'm going out and having a couple cocktails."

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