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War with cancer inspires 'Full Metal Pork'

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DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

There are so many great stories at the 2013 Memphis In may BBQ fest, but for the team called "Full Metal Pork," their story is certainly unique.

The team, comprised of a sailor, two Marine brothers-in-law, and a nephew, was inspired by the  Navy man's war with cancer.

Their booth might be small, but it's one that certainly catches the eye. With Navy, Marine Corps and USA flags flying a sign that proudly sports their team name - "Full Medal  Pork" - it's pretty obvious this team is made up of American heroes.  

Mel Murphy, who served in the Navy, his two brothers-in-law - Todd and Erin Alexander - are both Marines, and Matt Alexander, Mel's nephew, are making their debut at this year's fest.
 
It's something they decided they had to do when Mel found out last year he had cancer.

"I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, so we all decided that we needed to get together and actually compete," he said.

"Mel's bout with cancer last year really drove us to say, 'you know what, we're setting the vacation, we're going to be in Memphis that week,'" said Todd, a 12-year Marine veteran. "We're setting everything else aside and put a lot of other stuff on hold so we could be here.  We really want to support him."

So, to support Mel, the man who married Todd and Erin's sister, they've come together to make this barbeque dream come true.

All four men love cook too, and they love "ribbing" each other along the way.

"We're a family of brothers and we like to compete, so we started off competing with each other," said Erin, a six-year Marine veteran.

"Any heavy lifting, comes to me," said Matt. "I can't let the old guys have all the fun, so I had to come to keep them straight."

Now in remission, Mel is the chief cook of this team.

"I am, that's because I'm the best cook," he said.

That's something the other three say is up for debate, but they can all agree this experience is worth it.

"Uncle Mel is one of a kind, to put it delicately," Matt said. "He'll always keep you laughing and always there for you. I'd do anything for him."

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