Sport fans around the world who love ESPN’s program Sportscenter will tell you they have a favorite sports anchor or reporter. I actually do not have a favorite Sportscenter anchor/reporter mainly because I like every one of them, but if I had to choose one it would be between Jay Crawford and Stuart Scott.We may not know how these sport reporters live their lives outside of the T.V. world; we may take them for granted by not fully knowing serious challenges they have to deal with.
I want to point out the current battle of cancer that Stuart Scott is dealing with again. Scott who has been with ESPN since 1993 has become one of the more popular faces to see on Sports center. His upbeat attitude and signature phrase “Boo Yah” has won over millions of fans and fellow sport reporters alike.
It seems a little unfair that such a bad thing like Cancer should affect such a nice person like Scott. As he is set to undergo another long battle with cancer this is not the first time the “C” word has reared its ugly head. He first got a major illness back in 2007 when an emergency appendectomy revealed a malignancy that was treated with chemotherapy.
After doctors expressed to him that he had stomach cancer, Scott did not take it as a big blow in his life but felt motivated to defeat this illness.
“I’m not the type of guy to let this eat up my life. I’ve got strong faith and family and friends who are tackling this with me,” Scott said in a 2008 interview.
Even though Scott had battled tough chemotherapy and it looked like the cancer was subsiding, his doctor recently revealed some bad news which was that he had found more cancerous tissue in his body. Scott recently tweeted about the cancerous tissue in his stomach, but never let it fazed him as an individual.
“I’m back in the Fight. C reared its head again. Chemo every 2 weeks but I’ll still work, still work out..still #LIVESTRONG,”Scott tweeted.
The interesting thing is that after Scott tweeted this, he went on to do the 11 p.m. Sportcenter and never looked like anything was wrong with him. After the show Scott took to twitter too see tons of positive, motivational tweets directed to him telling him to keep strong, keep battling tough. Tweets came pouring in from not just fans of Scott, but from players like Lebron James, Robert Griffin III, Derrick Rose, Russel Wilson, Candance Parker and ESPN reporters.
As far as continuing to do Sportcenter, ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys told USA TODAY that the Sportscenter fixture plans to continue to work the best they can around his treatments according to the Huffington Post.
Here’s to hoping Scott keeps up his hard fought battle and beats the ugly monster that is Cancer.
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