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  • #16
    I knew when I didn't hear from him or his family since Thursday morning, that He really didn't want to publicize his condition. Since it's out there now I'm posting what I know.

    Just got off the phone with Freddy, He sounded pretty weak and down, to be expected. He's starting Chemo Tuesday, the cancer he has is NOT the worst, but, not at an early stage. He's being released tomorrow from the hospital, and has to return on Wednesday.

    Lets all dig deep in any form of prayer for Freddy, He's a treasure the billiard community can not afford to lose! If God is merciful, He will be at Freddy's side battling one of his toughest opponents!
    Last edited by mr3cushion; 06-03-2014, 08:31 PM.

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    • #17
      Freddie, the www is chock-a-block full of best wishes from a lot of people today. Nothing else is very important until this is over. Get well.

      Bill
      If it ain't funny, it ain't much.

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      • #18
        Freddy,
        Try to stay strong and fight hard. You are in my prayers.

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        • #19
          Freddie,
          I have been around pool & pool rooms for almost 50 years...You & I have crossed paths hundreds of times..I would say "Hi & you always said "Hey Kid" with a friendly smile.

          Get Well & Get Back....The pool world needs you,kid

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          • #20
            To Freddie " the beard "

            I wrote this some time ago when I was having a brush with a serious health problem. There was another fellow I knew who was also in a battle for his life at the same time. I wanted to remind him, to reinforce in him who he is, what he is, what we are. And now, who and what you are Freddy, a warrior. These words are for you. I hope you see them and take them to heart and know they are true.




            Words of a Warrior



            So, here we are again old foe. I see your resolve hasn't waned.
            Once again you have come to take from a spirit you believe you've tamed.

            Must I remind you again, at risk of sounding brash, of whom you’re about
            to confront.
            You seem to have forgotten the battles we’ve fought so I suppose I must be blunt .

            Ah, good fortune is mine to have a foe such as you, I’m honored to keep
            you at bay
            But once again, though mighty you are, when it’s done. It will be my day

            Yes, it’s true, you have wounded me many times. But fallen I’ve not and
            you know the reason why?
            A Warrior I was born, and as a Warrior I have lived, and only a Warrior will cause me to die.

            What’s that you say? No, I meant no disrespect. You are very powerful
            and not to be taken light
            Indeed, it is because of your power that I am strengthened and prepared to fight.

            So bring your best to this new field of battle and do what you think you must
            But know this old foe. It is I who will be standing, when the winds clear the dust.

            John Gardner

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            • #21
              My thoughts and prayers are with you Freddie. Hang in there.

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              • #22
                Freddie (The Beard) Bentivegna

                Hang in there, Freddie.

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                • #23
                  The Duke lasted over 15 years on one lung. I expect no less from The Beard. Don't ever sell your saddle Fred.



                  [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOECSQECaZI[/ame]
                  "If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague."---unknown

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by wincardona View Post
                    Freddie, you and I have been close for 53 years, and to me you're the most beloved and revered person/player I have known through out those 53 years..you are the most loved player from our generation. We talked on Thursday and it was then that you told me that they detected cancer in your lung and asked me not to mention it to no one. I tried calling you today and didn't get an answer, I wanted to talk to you because I feel you must feel alone, and I didn't want you to feel that way. Please try to understand that i'm posting this to show you the love and support that you'll be given through your fight against your toughest opponent ever, and I know for certain that you will feel the love that will help you get through this. I believe that you will survive because I have always looked at you as a survivor and you have too much heart not to.

                    You have been the "underdog" just about all your life and that never stopped you from succeeding, yes you have succeeded "big time" in everything you have done and I admire you more than you can ever imagine..just wanted you to know that.

                    Your friend always,
                    Bill Incardona
                    Very nice sentiment Dr. Bill. Unabashed regard for your dear friend. It is good to see. My best wishes for Fred's full recovery. I only met him once but he posted a very favorable impression upon me. I wish I had had the pleasure of meeting him years ago.

                    Good Luck Freddy,

                    Tom

                    "Controlled Aggression" trwirth369@gmail.com

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                    • #25
                      Please Get Well Soon

                      I hope you are on the road to recovery. In my prayers.
                      Been practicing more and more... still need a consistant stroke and glasses

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by blindlemon View Post
                        I wrote this some time ago when I was having a brush with a serious health problem. There was another fellow I knew who was also in a battle for his life at the same time. I wanted to remind him, to reinforce in him who he is, what he is, what we are. And now, who and what you are Freddy, a warrior. These words are for you. I hope you see them and take them to heart and know they are true.




                        Words of a Warrior



                        So, here we are again old foe. I see your resolve hasn't waned.
                        Once again you have come to take from a spirit you believe you've tamed.

                        Must I remind you again, at risk of sounding brash, of whom you’re about
                        to confront.
                        You seem to have forgotten the battles we’ve fought so I suppose I must be blunt .

                        Ah, good fortune is mine to have a foe such as you, I’m honored to keep
                        you at bay
                        But once again, though mighty you are, when it’s done. It will be my day

                        Yes, it’s true, you have wounded me many times. But fallen I’ve not and
                        you know the reason why?
                        A Warrior I was born, and as a Warrior I have lived, and only a Warrior will cause me to die.

                        What’s that you say? No, I meant no disrespect. You are very powerful
                        and not to be taken light
                        Indeed, it is because of your power that I am strengthened and prepared to fight.

                        So bring your best to this new field of battle and do what you think you must
                        But know this old foe. It is I who will be standing, when the winds clear the dust.

                        John Gardner

                        John; These are such prophetic words which truly deserve to be etched in stone! I know Freddy will derive much inspiration from your post! I know I have, and can only hope if I face that fatal opponent again, I'll stand toe to toe once more in victory!

                        Beautiful, just beautiful!!!!! BRAVO
                        Last edited by mr3cushion; 06-03-2014, 08:33 PM.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Tom Wirth View Post
                          Very nice sentiment Dr. Bill. Unabashed regard for your dear friend. It is good to see. My best wishes for Fred's full recovery. I only met him once but he posted a very favorable impression upon me. I wish I had had the pleasure of meeting him years ago.

                          Good Luck Freddy,

                          Tom
                          Thank you Tom, I realized the dilemma I was confronted with and decided to post the sad news in spite of things. Just had a strong feeling that it was right.

                          I know that there are many people that have either gone through tough situations like Fred's, or heard of people that have done well with this type of illness and wanted them to tell their story. Plus, there are just too many people that love Fred and would want to support him as he goes through this trying time.

                          Thanks to all that have added thoughts of inspiration, I know he's going to fight harder and give himself a better chance of winning the battle he's confronted with.

                          Bill Incardona

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                          • #28
                            It's very touching to read all the heart felt sentiments expressed here on the forum. I hope Fred gets to read all the posts. If he's at home, I'm sure he will. And Bill, I don't think he'll be mad at you for telling it like it is.

                            It sounds like Fred has a shot at beating this, especially if it's operable. Chemotherapy is not fun, but neither is it usually as bad as many people imagine.

                            You've always been one of my favorite guys, Fred. I'm praying that you'll pull through this as slick as a whistle!

                            I hope you'll keep us updated.

                            Sending sincere wishes your way~

                            Doc

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                            • #29
                              Aw, man.

                              Fight on, brother.

                              Sunny

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                              • #30
                                He's on the back rail but Freddy's gonna bring the shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                Prayers sent!
                                YOU CAN BET THE SUN, MOON AND THE STARS!!!

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