by Brian Del Grande
How can someone beat cancer?
Stuart Scott died on January 4 at the age of 49, after his long battle with cancer. Scott was a well-known sportscaster on ESPN and an anchor on the program SportsCenter. He was one of the best at what he did and was known on camera for his unique style and witty catch phrases.
Before Scott’s tragic death, he wrote his memoir about his inspirational and poignant life up until his last days in his book, Every Day I Fight.
Scott takes readers through his life story starting with his upbringing. He mentions how he attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Getting local station gigs, later turned into his career with ESPN. He was coined as “the hip-hop Howard Cosell”. Scott’s story ends with his battle with cancer and the emotional journey he went through up until his death.
He was hit with rare appendiceal cancer in 2007 and fought the disease with many surgeries and chemotherapy. Unbelievably, he would workout and exercise during his troubled time. He proved that he could fight cancer by living.
The book goes into much depth about how he coped with his deadly disease. Readers hear how he reacted when he was diagnosed, people asking him how he felt, and the struggle and fear he had when he was sick. He details his procedures and teaches readers how challenging cancer is.
His emotional journey hits home with any victim of cancer or anyone who has lost a loved one to the disease. His message to victims was to beat cancer by how you live, living life to the fullest. Scott wanted to stay alive for his two daughters because he wanted to be around for their sake. His love for his children is clear and the reader gets a feel of the genuine man Scott was when he was alive.
In the words of Scott, “When you die, it does not mean you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live."
Scott will always be honored as an integral part of SportsCenter’s DNA and is dearly missed from the entire world of sports. His legacy will forever be honored in sports, and his powerful words will continue to live on and inspire future generations to come.