Stuart Scott, a long-time sportscaster on ESPN, passed away today at the age of 49. I remember getting ready for work one morning and listening to ESPN radio as they mentioned that Scott had been diagnosed with cancer and would be out of commission for a while. It didn’t seem like a big deal because he was young and the cancer had apparently been caught early. The cancer went into remission for a while but reappeared. Complications from it finally took his life.
It was very sad to listen to his friends and colleagues on radio and television talking about his passing, mentioning how much they missed him and how much he meant to them. From my point of view, I was listening to and watching a group of young people (mostly men) realize that they were mortal. It’s always tough to realize that you’re not meant to be here forever… Even tougher when it takes the death of someone close to us to realize this.
“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.” – Stuart Scott
René F. Najera, DrPH
I'm a Doctor of Public Health, having studied at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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