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A 69-year-old Michigan man decided to delay surgery to install a pacemaker because he did not want to miss an important college football game. Major Hester was scheduled for the surgery on the Thursday before the big game. He asked the doctors to wait until after the Michigan State game and pushed the procedure into the following week.

Hester says he is a devoted fan and could not risk something going wrong on the operating table that would prevent him from seeing the game. Hester suffers from cardiomyopathy where the heart muscle is weakened. He said he was willing to take the risk of delaying the surgery. Hester told reports, “It’s like going into combat. You may come home alive or you may come home dead. Whatever happens, I want to see the game.”

--Spartan Choice: Man Picks Game over Pacemaker, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/10/07/sportsline/main6935808.shtml; October 7, 2010, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Hebrews 12:1 (CEV) “Such a large crowd of witnesses is all around us! So we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially the sin that just won't let go. And we must be determined to run the race that is ahead of us.”

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