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Stuart Scott was loving, loved, and big hearted, according to the man who wrote Scott’s memoir, Every Day I Fight.
At the time he received a call from his agent that Stuart Scott wanted to write a “different kind of book,” all journalist Larry Platt knew of Scott was his career as a sportscaster on ESPN and that he was battling cancer.
After spending the day with Scott in Connecticut, Platt knew this was a project he wanted to be a part of.
“He didn’t just want to do another sports media memoir, he wanted to keep it real and raw,” said Platt. This wasn’t to be a story about a guy facing death, but a guy who had figured out how to live because of cancer. “All of that made me really enthused about the project,” Platt said.
Platt spent the better part of nine months with Scott talking to him, “mind-melding,” and really getting into his story.
Every Day I Fight is “both a labor of love and a love letter to life itself.” The book relates Scott’s personal story—from his childhood in North Carolina, to his on-the-job training as a fledgling sportscaster, and his eventual hiring as a sportscaster at ESPN—and his struggle to keep living and keep his story going after his 2007 diagnosis with cancer. His determination to fight vigorously was fueled by his love for his teenage daughters, Sydni and Taelor.
The book is an inspiring “story about his battle against cancer, but also about a life of fighting thru adversity.” Said Platt. Stuart Scott was a “guy who defined himself in terms of overcoming obstacles.”
Last July, Stuart Scott was awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the annual ESPYs. The award is named for North Carolina State basketball coach Jimmy Valvano, who lost his fight to cancer in 1993. Coach V famously said: “Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. All those three things are going to carry on forever.”
Scott became personally associated with the Jimmy V Foundation in the mid-90s after Coach V gave his famous ESPYs speech. He became a close ally of the Foundation and helped put on an annual golf tournament fundraiser. “Before he was diagnosed with cancer, the Jimmy V Foundation was close to Scott’s heart,” said Platt. “Then, after his diagnosis, it became one of his chief charitable outlets.”
In years past, it was Scott who presented the annual Jimmy V Perseverance Award. This time, he was on the receiving end.
In his inspiring acceptance speech, Scott said: “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer, you best cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live. So live! Live! Fight like hell! And when you get too tired to fight, then lay down, and rest, and let someone else fight for you.”
That is the message Scott wanted to portray in his book. It is a “prescription on how to live,” Platt said.
Through his book, Scott is doing more than just sharing his story. Even in his passing, he is tangibly helping others who are fighting their own battles with cancer. A portion of proceeds from sales of Every Day I Fight will go directly to the Jimmy V Foundation—an organization funding cancer research; an organization Scott benefitted from personally when he participated in a clinical trial.
Help Scott’s passion for life and helping others live on. Purchase your own copy of the book here.