IFWT_Craig Sager

Sad news as TNT reporter Craig Sager revealed his leukemia was no longer in remission during an interview with Bernard Goldberg for HBO’s Real Sports.

Sager has fought the cancer off twice already.  He was first diagnosed with leukemia in April 2014 and the disease returned in March 2015, forcing him to take the rest of the season off. After a bone marrow transplant in July, Sager returned to TNT for the first game of the 2015–16 season.  Sager says he had two stem cell transplants and very rarely does a person have a third.

The interview will air next Tuesday but a clip has been released as well as this partial transcript via Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated:

“That’s what I asked.  What are my chances?  How long do I have to live?  Is there a cure?  They talked in terms — everybody is totally different.  There’s no recipe, ‘This is how we treat Leukemia.’

” I go [to the doctors], ‘I know, what are the chances?’  And [the doctors said], ‘Well, you’ve got normally 3-6 months to live.  But somebody may only have a week.  Somebody may have five years.  You could be the first one to five years.’

“I go, ‘Well, whatever it takes.’  I’m not going to be that 3-6 months.  I’m going to be that five years.  I’m going to make medical history…. I’m fighting this thing to the end.  I have too much to do.”

My prayers go out to Sager during this fight for his life.

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