Share Your Story: Mark Kelly

Cancer U Thrivers Podcast

Share Your Story: Mark Kelly

May 4, 2021

Share Your Story: Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly is a 29-year cancer survivor. Mark attended Gordon College and was hired by ESPN as a researcher. During his 10-year career, Mark won two Emmy Awards. In 2008, Mark retired from ESPN due to the side effects of his cancer treatment. Mark established CKMagicSports where he has produced and hosted over 130 podcasts. In 2019, Mark’s memoir about his cancer journey My Scars Tell A Story was published.

  • 00:30 Mark is a 29-year cancer survivor.
  • 01:21 Tell us when and where your cancer journey started.
  • 03:55 They diagnosed me with an abscess.
  • 05:11 They didn’t tell me at the time that it was a rare terminal cancer, but that’s what they told my parents.
  • 07:25 I didn’t know anything about cancer rather than old people got it. I didn’t know anything about chemo.
  • 09:42 That’s called rhabdomyosarcoma.
  • 10:33 I’m a coward, I mean, I didn’t want it to go through any of this.
  • 10:58 My worst moment was …
  • 13:01 At that point, I wanted to quit.
  • 17:27 I had four years of radiation.
  • 19:24 What was your best moment?
  • 21:53 What is one thing that you wish you had known at the beginning of that cancer journey?
  • 25:01 If there was only one thing you could do to improve health care in the US, what would it be and why?
  • 29:25 I’m the daughter of a prescription addict.
  • 31:37 Thriver Rapid Fire Questions
  • 34:02 What is one resource that you would recommend for cancer patients?
  • 37:58 I would like to see more attention put on survivors that are permanently damaged from this treatment.


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