Thyroid Cancer Gets A Nugget: Calling All Sports Fans…and Everybody Else
I am a sports fanatic. Seriously, I’d play sports all day long if I could do so without sending myself into a state of exhaustion requiring hospitalization and an IV of fluids. Fortunately for my health, I love watching sports, too. June has been a good sports-watching month with the US Open, the World Cup, the NCAA men’s baseball College World Series, and the longest tennis match in history. As soon as the CWS ends, I’ll start counting down the days until the start of football season. College football, that is. And after football, basketball season is among us. Like I said, I love sports, although I’ve never been a big fan of professional sports…until now. Now, I’m a fan of the Denver Nuggets basketball team. Actually, I’m more of a fan of Nuggets guard Coby Karl, a thyroid cancer survivor.
Coby Karl was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2006. In 2010, he’s raising awareness. The son of Nuggets head coach and prostate cancer and neck/throat cancer survivor George Karl, Coby participated in the fifth annual Hope Invitational golf tournament on June 15th. Coby Karl was there to raise money and awareness for cancer. At this event, he told his own story about how cancer has impacted his life. In my opinion, telling your story is one of the best ways to get people to listen. Check out the news stories here and here.
Am I asking you to ditch your team to become a Nuggets fan? No. Am I asking you to start watching professional basketball as though it’s your job? No. So why should Dear Thyroid care about Coby Karl? Because his efforts reassure us that our efforts to raise awareness will not be fruitless. This celebrity advocate just might pave the way to make our voices heard. So, thymmunity, let’s keep talking. Let’s keep raising awareness. Let’s do all we can to make ourselves Invisible No More!
I will probably never be into professional basketball, but I guarantee you I’ll be cheering for Coby Karl.