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  • Freddie (The Beard) Bentivegna

    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

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    freddy
    im praying and rooting for you to beat this
    larry

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    • #3
      Freddie,

      I know the news scares you. It did me and mine was not as serious a type as yours. A couple of things that helped me were to first of all remember that I never expected to live forever in the first place. This having been said, you don't have to die right away necessarily. People are living for years now with all sorts of cancers and there are new breakthroughs every day. Now, the most important thing...You lived your life, a full and rewarding one I am sure, with great love. You gave great love and you are greatly loved. If you're ever in doubt just call me and I'll remind you.

      Your good friend,

      Pete Saxton

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      • #4
        Freddy,

        If you happen to see this, I am thinking about you and your family. If you can't get on the computer, maybe somebody can read it to you.

        The only person (up to now) I have mentioned this to on the site is Vap -- I was trying to pick him up a little after he had/mentioned some shit he had done a couple years ago.....

        After I uprooted my family and moved outside of STL (so I could be closer to my office and provide my daughter with more opportunities than some small/backward community had to offer) and subsequently bit off a quarter million dollar mortgage a few years ago, I had a routine physical for work which had a chest x-ray. I was informed there was something abnormal about it. I made sure my life insurance policy was right and didn't tell my family for a couple months what was going on. Anyway, fast forward a few years later and after 8 CT and 1 PT scans and a very unpleasant experience, the 14 mm and 12 mm opacities in me haven't grown a bit (believe me...I'm hoping it stays that way....) and are probably from something I was exposed to when I worked in a refinery and/or foundry.

        In short, what I know from my own experience is, its probably hard to know exactly what is going on and get your head wrapped around it right now. Freddy, you're a tough old bird. Navigating through the general practice MD, the Oncologist(s), the imaging facilities, the Radiologist who reads the stuff, etc. can be an exercise in frustration in and of itself. Don't get down my man and hang in there.

        Besides, I'm still planning on that lesson in the fall.

        Wishing you the absolute best!

        Dustin

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        • #5
          Freddy...I'm thinking about you and pulling for you...and Riva says to tell you that she's including you in her nightly prayers.

          - Ghost
          jrhendy: Ghost does come up with shots that others don't see.

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          • #6
            Freddie (The Beard) Bentivegna

            Dammit Freddie. I know you can give this cancer 9-5 and the breaks and still be stealing. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and for playing banks with this rookie at the derby. You're in my prayers as you beat this latest opponent. Just one more name to add to the beat list my friend. Mitch.
            Last edited by Mkbtank; 06-01-2014, 12:07 AM.
            Mitch needs to remember to play the score and that it's better to win than to look like a hero.

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            • #7
              Freddy,
              We're all pulling for you down here. You'll look back on this as another thing you had to get past. You're a tough guy and that's going to help you get through this. It's done what it can to you, now show it what a fight looks like.
              Stay In There Pal.

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              • #8
                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
                What a heart-felt post to a good friend! This brought tears to my eyes. I hope Freddy is well aware of how many people do love him, not just because of his pool contributions, but because he's a genuinely nce man.

                Over the years, I have gotten to know Freddy through e-mail communication and a few phone calls. He was generous, enthusiastic about pool, and kind. What an asset not only to the pool world, but to all who meet him, he brings us joy.

                My heart breaks that he is going through these difficult times. I pray that he has a full recovery. Cancer is not the villain that it used to be. My older brother managed to go in remission with is cancer, so it can happen. Let's hope for the best.

                Love you, Freddy. Keep on banking back and come home soon! We need you.
                Last edited by JAM; 06-01-2014, 09:50 AM.

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                • #9
                  The People's Republic of Santa Monica is pulling for you, Freddy

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                  • #10
                    Beard...May all be right with you again. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you. JPL

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                    • #11
                      Freddy one of the good guys

                      Bill thanks for posting this. We're all wishing Freddy a speedy recovery and Freddy is in our prayers. Bank On Brother, FEF

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                      • #12
                        How very sad...

                        Dear Freddy.
                        Although you and I have never met face to face, I feel like you are a brother. Because, in our business dealings and as a fellow author, exchanging publications and courtesies, I feel that way. You have produced more than a book...a piece of pool history that will remain forever. As such, you cannot be forgotten.
                        But, right now, screw all of the finality talk. Kick this thing's ass.
                        God, I'm sorry for what you're going through. You will be in my prayers for certain.
                        Alfie

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                        • #13
                          Bank on, Brother

                          I'm betting on you winning this one Freddy! You have a very rare blend of heart, humor and toughness -- and that triple whammy makes you one tough guy.
                          "One Pocket, it's an epidemic and there ain't no cure."
                          -- Strawberry Brooks

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                          • #14
                            God bless you Beard.
                            Play this game a ball at a time Freddy, you'll win it.
                            Bill

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                            • #15
                              Get through this Freddy. You have a whole pool world out here rooting for you.
                              JOHN HENDERSON
                              Al Romero Cue
                              Magic Chalk

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