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On Monday's show, Adam Carriker gives a shoutout to the Huskers' outside linebackers coach, Jovan Dewitt, who has announced that he is cancer-free after being diagnosed in January.
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Here's a transcript of today's show:
Welcome to the Carriker Chronicles, the people's show where we check the pulse of Husker Nation brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital.
Ladies and gentlemen, I want to do something I've never done before. A little bit — different type of show. All right, so I'm fully aware that Husker baseball has been in the news. All right, I just did an interview last Friday with a Husker baseball player. Go back and check it out. I'll be talking to Darin Erstad here in the near future.
I'm also aware that the news I'm about to talk about broke a week ago. All right, but ladies and gentlemen, sometimes — a lot of times, but you get my point — there are things in this world bigger than sports. Bigger than baseball, bigger than basketball, bigger than football.
All right, I wanted to give a shoutout to the outside linebackers coach for the Husker football team, coach Jovan Dewitt.
Now, it was announced a week ago that the cancer is out of his body. He's been battling cancer. He's been off getting treatment, therapy, throat cancer, for four months. He is cancer-free. He's lost 95 pounds. He's lost most of his voice, but he is expected to make a full recovery. And the hope is — the expectation even is — that he could be back by August for fall camp with the team.
I wanted to give him a special shoutout because, you know, you can't take anything for granted. And my sister three or four years ago got diagnosed with cancer. She did chemo, the throwing up, the whole nine yards. My mom moved, went and lived with her for six months, helped her, her husband, her kids throughout the entire process.
All right, she was cleared of cancer. She goes back every year for her check up. She's been cancer-free ever since. I just had a friend who recently lost her father. All right, and her family is a little bit dispersed, and so her father was the one member of her family she was probably the closest to. So it hit her hard and close to home for several reasons.
My cousin not so long ago — out of nowhere, he had really severe cancer. I forget which stage it was, but it was one of those things he didn't want to go in. But he went in and got the bad news when he did go in, and he lost a bunch of weight. But he was able to make a full recovery, but there was a while where they did not know.
All right, like I said, there are things in this world that are bigger than sports. They test you as a person. Your toughness, your strength, your character, and coach — for coach to overcome this, for him to beat this, for him to be cancer-free, for him to be able to make a full recovery was something that — you know, I just wanted to give him a shoutout and just say —
And, I've met him once. It's not like we've corresponded a ton, but he's a part of the Husker family. He's a part of the Husker brotherhood being a coach here.
So to me, I wanted to take a show, and I wanted to do something I've never done before and I wanted to give him a shout and just, you know, props, respect. We're supporting you as you continue to progress towards a full recovery.
All right, until next time Husker Nation. Go Big Red, and always remember to throw the bones!
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