ESPN anchor and UNC alum Stuart Scott has been fighting cancer for nearly seven years now, and Richard Sandomir has updated Scott's story in this New York Times article that is well worth your time to read.
Scott was first diagnosed with cancer in his appendix in 2007. Cancer has since returned twice, and Scott has fought through it with surgery and chemotherapy, and each time has returned to the airwaves despite his ongoing treatment. As Sandomir notes, it makes a private battle with cancer very public:
On the job, Scott seems unaffected by three bouts with cancer. His demeanor on "SportsCenter" is unchanged: excitable, energetic, creative, even a bit wild. But his face looks thin, and his colleagues are concerned.
"There are some days when I say, I don’t know how he’s doing it," said Mark Gross, a senior vice president for production who has known Scott for two decades.
Sandomir also tells of Scott's strenuous mixed martial arts regimen to help maintain his health and goes on to note the impact on Scott's family, especially his two children.
This story touched me on a personal level because of my own personal fight with cancer. I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2012 and I know what it is like to take radiation and chemotherapy and undergo surgery while trying to maintain a family and a job. So far I have passed the one-year mark cancer-free, but like Scott I live with the constant concern that the cancer may return at some point.
So allow me to not only highlight one Tar Heel's battle with cancer but also to make a public service announcement for cancer screenings. Early detection saves lives, as it likely did mine. Get smart, get checked, and stay as cool as the other side of the pillow.