PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Peko has made it to the team’s training camp, but prior to the second day’s start, he posted a message that explained his absence on Thursday.
Roughly one month ago, Peko’s wife, Giuliana, was diagnosed with cancer. Specifically, stage three Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
In a post on Instagram, Peko asked for prayers for her and their family.
“To my fighter, I hate to leave you during this time, but we are faith driven and what is presented with us and what is is set ahead is all a part of his PERFECT PLAN!” Peko wrote.
Giuliana has started a blog as she begins her battle.
You can read it here: https://gulspeko.wordpress.com/
As he returned to practice on Friday, Kyle said his wife urged him to rejoin the team.
“To be honest, she’s the one who told me to get back out here. She told me not to miss but, as a husband and as a man it’s my obligation to be there for my family and, you’re right. It’s crazy that I’m here. Yeah, it’s her. She wouldn’t want it any other way,” he said.
“She’s doing good now. Very positive. As good as anybody could be taking it, I guess. But, you know, she’s strong, she’s a fighter and she knows that right now it’s temporary and she’ll keep fighting so hopefully it’ll be gone in six months.”