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Janesville sports reporter dies of cancer

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Mira, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. Mira

    Mira Member

    I knew John and he was a solid reporter and passionate about auto racing. He did an amazing job with his column about battling cancer. Don't know if I would have had the courage to write it. Below is a link to his final column.

    http://www.gazettextra.com/weblogs/fighting-words-one-mans-battle-against-cancer/2009/oct/01/waning-days-21-month-battle/#
     
  2. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Condolences to the McPoland family.
     
  3. sportsguydave

    sportsguydave Active Member

    Condolences to the McPoland family also. I lived in Janesville for years and my kids still live there, so I read the Gazette regularly. Always enjoyed his columns.

    It's always been amazing to me (not in a good way, either) how fast the end can come with cancer. My fiancee Melody was diagnosed May 6, 2004 and died six weeks later. Neither of us had any idea just how bad it was right up until the end. She went to the hospital with stomach cramps on a Saturday night and was gone 48 hours later.

    RIP, John. What an inspirational column. And that lede ... what a way to grab the reader's attention.

    Some day, we'll beat this fucking disease and send it to the scrap heap of history. And then we'll never have to read a posting like this again.

    Some day.
     
  4. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Sounds like he put up a hell of a fight and touched a lot of lives. Really the best any of us can ask for.
     
  5. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Don't know him, but RIP anyways.

    Tremendous column, and the comments after it are a nice read too.
     
  6. JBHawkEye

    JBHawkEye Active Member

    Agreed. I hope that day comes soon. I've known too many people who have had to go through this.

    I knew John from when he worked at a paper nearby here. Always a good guy. This is sad to read this.
     
  7. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    A very nice column. If you're going to write your own epitaph, it'd be tough to top that one.

    RIP, John, and very best wishes to your family and friends.
     
  8. sportsguydave

    sportsguydave Active Member

    Cancer sucks. That is all.
     
  9. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    Sincere condolences to the McPoland family.

    What a courageous, heartfelt final column. And as Baron said, the comments are special

    RIP, Mr. McPoland
     
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