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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 02: The Phillie Phanatic dressed in Greek ethnic clothing fires hot dogs into the stands during a game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 2, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Bill Finn set a goal of beating his own hot dog eating record, doing that saved his life.

Last September, the Delaware Country resident went to the Phillies game on the final Dollar Dog Night of the Season. Finn told Fox 29 that he was “going for my record, like eight.” Little did he know that the indulgence would be life changing.

The day after the game, Bill woke up with a “wicked stomach ache.” He did what too many people do, ignore it. When the pain stuck around for over a week, he finally got it checked out.

Turns out, it was much more then indigestion. After multiple appointments, doctors diagnosed him with stage-4 Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma.

The next seven months were filled with aggressive radiation and chemotherapy, as well as the addition of a new member of the family. Ryker William Finn was welcomed by Bill and his wife Heather in January 2022.

Fast forward to the final dog night of 2022, the Phillies welcomed the Finn family on to the field during batting practice to honor them for their yearlong journey.

Heather shared these words of wisdom with Fox 29’s Chris O’Connell: “Don’t take your time going to the doctor if something’s wrong, even if you eat too many hot dogs, go to the doctor right away.”

By the way, if you are looking for an update on Crossing Broad’s record breaking campaign… they fell short. But there are concerns with the final count, their site has all the details.