News 16.4.2008

Great Joy of the AS Trenčín Family on the Daffodils Day

Jozef Marček: „Every time I see someone with this little flower, I recall that very tough time that I had to go through. After all that happened to me, I perceive the Daffodils Day completely differently.”

Daffodils Day. The day, when, more than on any other day everyone realizes the need to fight against one of the biggest nuisances. The cancer sends out its killing tentacles in all directions. Doesn’t care about elderly, women, nor children. No one stays unconcerned with the fight against this smashing disease. Cordially feeling people of positive belief annually demonstrate their attitude towards this problem by wearing a yellow daffodil, a symbol of hope. We feel the 12th year of Daffodils Day very intensively also at the Trenčín stadium. This time it‘s even much warmer than during past years.

Jozef Marček is a senior youth team player of AS Trenčín. He overcame really exceptional months, during which his whole life turned up side down. His ravishing story started about a year ago. „I remember that in the evening before some game I felt very tired, so I went to bed. I was falling asleep very calmly, however, in the morning I felt incredible headache. That moment launched a whole carrousel of doctor visits. The first diagnosis indicated blocked cervical vertebra. However, my condition didn’t improve, therefore, I had to go through other special examinations. Only CT disclosed the real source of my persistent pain,“ describes this young football player critical moments that happened a year ago. Also his older brother Tomáš, nowadays playing in senior AS team, went through difficult times: „That was the most difficult visit in the hospital. Along with my mother we went to pick up Jozef‘s examinations results. There it was - in black and white. They found him a cancer tumor on cerebrum (brain),” shakes the league football player when recalling the moment of cruel finding. “At home everyone was as if tiptoe-walking. We didn’t talk about anything. That was a very bad silence as prior to the storm. I felt from the atmosphere that, apparently, something was wrong. First, at home we only spoke about neurology. The term ‘oncology’ seemed to be a taboo. When it was sure that there is a carcinoma, we kept hoping it could be a benign tumor,” recalls Jozef tough atmosphere at home. However, his hope remained unfilled. Histology results classified the disclosed tumor as malign.

In spite of gigantic effort to keep the patient‘s mind on a positive level, black thoughts were sneaking in the young man’s mind. “The arrival from the hospital was very difficult, especially the first weeks. As a matter of fact, I kept staying in bed only. I was trying to close myself away from the surrounding world. I admit, I was terrified. The procedure, during which I was undertaking chemotherapy and radiotherapy, took almost a half a year. I had no idea what to expect. All of a sudden, what I had heard or seen on TV, became a part of my life. The glance at small kids without any hair were evoking undescriptable emotions,” young fighter facing dangerous disease just recently, tries to find words silently. Solid treatment and stronger and stronger belief in his own forces brought to young sportsman’s suffering soul first positive results: “My health condition started to improve. When meeting people, I was recalling positive thoughts. The fact that I met various new people there, helped me, too. Several of us became friends. At this opportunity I would like to express my cordial acknowledgement to Ondrej. My, unfortunately, deceased, friend didn’t have as much luck as I did. He was my big help during the most difficult times,” says Jozef Marček and looking up with his tearful eyes, sends his regard to heaven.

The sun of hope finally raised up over the young man after days of uncertainty and suffer. Day by day his health condition was getting better and better. After the „hospital jail“ he was transfered to a home treatment. His condition was constinuously getting better. In December he even started to join light football trainings. „Step by step we were increasing his training load. Of course, every time he was under control of sporttester. All the time we monitored his heart activity,“ describes first trainings of his player the coach of senior youth team, Jozef Šino. Still it wasn‘t good enough. Although the promising game maker felt better and better, he was missing doctors’ result. On his travels between oncology experts and sport experts he made tens of kilometers. However, the final result was not arriving. All of that changed the evening before the Daffodils Day. The day of April 10 in the calendar of Jozef Marček will remain highlighted forever. After long hardship he finally received the hoped-for document. On a base of confirmation of Dr. Vladimír Penner and Dr. Ivan Javorský, he received permission to maximum sport load. “After the long time of uncertainty and suffer, finally I received the paper, which redeemed me from torture I had gone through during the past dates,” beams with joy the happy football player.

Jozef knows that during the past year he missed a lot of things. Now he wants to catch them up as quickly as possible. „The school is my absolute priority. I am retaking the second grade of Gymnazium. I want to focus on high quality study results. Another priority is the football. But I am not sure whether, after all, I can fully rely on my health conditions. That will always be somewhat inscrutable, however, I would not be pleased to evoke an impression that I gave up. I hope that the football fans in Slovakia will have a chance to hear a lot of good news about me,“ wishes talented game maker.

At the end of the interview we are pleased to offer Jozef a few lines for acknowledgment to people who helped him to master hard fight with his snaky rival: „Of course, my immediate family was my biggest support. My mom stayed with me during the whole time of treatment and it was very difficult for her. From the bottom of my heart I thank her for her love and self-sacrifice. My father was a frequent guest in my hospital room, too. Supporting SMS messages from my team players and classmates were helping me a lot. Several times I heard from the coach of junior youth team, Martin Stano. Thanks to the whole medical team led by Professor Šteňo, who provided my surgery. Also, thanks to the whole medical staff in the hospital. Of course, thank you, Ondrej.“

Author: MS, EK
Games schedule
Fortuna league, baráž, 14.7.2020
FC Spartak Trnava vs AS Trenčín
# Team Score Points
1. ŠK Slovan Bratislava 57:14 68
2. MŠK Žilina 48:25 51
3. FC DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda 42:28 50
4. FC Spartak Trnava 30:32 35
5. MFK Ružomberok 28:33 32
6. MFK Zemplín Michalovce 31:49 32
7. AS Trenčín 52:43 39
8. FC ViOn Zlaté Moravce - Vráble 27:33 33
9. ŠKF Sereď 29:41 27
10. FK Senica 26:40 26
11. FK Pohronie Žiar nad Hronom Dolná Ždaňa 25:44 26
12. FC Nitra 23:36 25

complete standings

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