Monday, January 5, 2015

Cooler than the other side of the pillow

Yesterday we lost a remarkable man - someone who truly was "cooler than the other side of the pillow." Sportscaster Stuart Scott was good at his job and we will hear many speak of his groundbreaking hip-hop style reporting on ESPN, but I will always think of him as a man of great courage in his fight against cancer.

Stuart Scott came to find out about his cancer as the result of an unrelated surgery. He fought it and thought it to be gone, only to find it reoccurring.  During the original battle Scott once told his audience  "One of the coolest things about having cancer, and I know that sounds like an oxymoron, is meeting other people who've had to fight it. You have a bond. It's like a fraternity or sorority." If his cancer or the treatments were getting him down, he really didn't show it.
Stuart Scott was the kind of sports reporter that you always felt comfortable with.  Oh and those catch phrases!  My favorite was "Just call him butter ’cause he’s on a roll." So many tributes came yesterday after the news of his passing came, including from President Barack Obama, whom Scott had interviewed.  My thoughts though went back to last summer, when Scott was honored at the ESPY Awards for his fight against cancer, which he was still waging. That evening he told the audience "When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”

Thank you Stuart Scott for the manner in which you lived.

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