Craig Sager in Remarkably Good Spirits After Third Bone Marrow Transplant in Three Years (Pics)


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Craig Sager‘s three-year battle against leukemia has had its ups and downs. In fact his son, Craig Sager Jr., describes it as a real-life version of chutes and ladders.

Originally diagnosed in the spring of 2014, Sager took a leave of absence from TNT to get a bone marrow transplant that summer. In the spring of 2015 he returned to work with the cancer in remission, only to learn just a few weeks later that it had returned. So Sager got a second bone marrow transplant that summer. And with the disease once again in remission, he returned to the sidelines for the start of the 2015-16 NBA season. But in the spring of 2016 the leukemia came back yet again, and this time doctors said he probably had three to six months to live. His only chance was finding a new bone marrow donor, which would be very hard to do.

But the 2016 ESPN Jimmy V Perseverance Award winner didn’t give up. And sure enough an anonymous bone marrow donor came through. So this week Sager underwent his third bone marrow transplant, a painful, 10-hour procedure, in as many years.

Sager’s spirits? They’re as high as ever, according to this son:

If you want to know how to handle adversity, just look at Craig Sager. It would seem there isn’t anything this guy can’t handle with grace and dignity.

Hat Tip – [CBS Sports]

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