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Another Little Known Cancer Takes The Life of Sports Supercaster

“When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live. So live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight, lay down and rest, and let somebody else fight for you.” ~Stuart Scott as he accepted the Jimmy V at the 2014 ESPY’s

It’s always tough to see a young person die. I thought my dad, at the age of 65, was young … I really think Janelle Bedel was WAY too young in her mid-30’s … and Stuart Scott, after one last holiday with his family, died at 49.

All of these people I mentioned died of a cancer, yet to have a cure.

I’m adding a brief post on Scott b/c he’s from North Carolina and went to UNC. I live in NC and work at the “other school”. He also spent a great deal  of time in Connecticut, where my dad and I are from. He was an intern at the news station I watch now and a broadcaster at the station I worked at years ago. That in combination with my father’s love of sports and my feeling he would’ve been moved by the death of Stuart Scott, I wanted to say a few words in regards to awareness.

So in that sentiment I offer a quick story from Time Inc’s Health segment: “He also had a very rare form of cancer that even experts don’t have pinned down. Fewer than 1,000 cases of appendix cancer occur in the United States each year. Cancers of the appendix account for less than 1% of all diagnosed cancers, according to a review published in International Scholarly Research Notices, so choosing the right course of treatment is difficult because doctors simply don’t have a lot of previous experience to draw on.” It’s very similar to Mesothelioma in that regard, and what the victims suffer not having anyone who can really help them, not yet anyway.

SS – your passion, knowledge and groundbreaking ideas will live on.

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