Former NFL player survives breast cancer, now helping others

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A former NFL player is leading the charge to raise money for a new breast care center at Florida Hospital Carrollwood.

Paul Dombroski played for the New England Patriots, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before retiring to join his wife as a stylist at the popular New Tampa salon, The Style Council. 

“I got my license at 38, and I’ve been doing hair for 25 years,” said Dombroski.
During his journey to reinvent himself,  Dombroski hit a road block while visiting his home town of Hawaii.  

“I was sitting on the couch and I yawned.”  Dombroski ran his hand down his chest while yawning.  “I felt a lump,”  he went on to say.

At that moment Dombroski knew he had breast cancer, since it ran in his family.

After being formally diagnosed and going through extensive treatment, Dombroski made it his mission to educate men and women about the disease.  

“God has given me these opportunities.  I’m going to make sure I don’t squander them,” said

Dombroski, who feels his journey and survival has led him to help others.

Now he’s spearheading a huge fundraiser to open a cancer center at Florida Hospital Carrollwood.

“It would take over 10,000 square feet of existing space,” said Dombroski.

The hope is the facility would bring cutting edge treatment to cancer patients in the Tampa Bay area.

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