I live in the Seattle area, and as such, am a Seahawks fan. As you may know, our beloved "Beast Mode" aka Marshawn Lynch, announced his retirement with a picture on Twitter during the Super Bowl. Since then, there has been a LOT of media activity around here about him and his legacy. I wanted to share this one piece from a local news guy, Jesse Jones. He's one of those consumer reporters who goes after the bad guys who try to scam us or give us customer service. He is also em-cee'd at the 2013 Breakfast of Hope at NW Kidney Centers. He is a kidney cancer survivor.
He wrote this piece about what Beast Mode/Marshawn Lynch means to him, and I thought I'd share it here.
I just want to take a moment to thank Marshawn Lynch for his work in Seattle and for what he did for me personally. He has no idea that he helped me. I never told him. In fact, only a few people know this story.
Now that heís retired, Iíll pass it along.
For many of you, the Beast Quake run represented the best of Marshawn. It meant even more to meÖ
While Marshawn was running rampant, I was on the eighth floor of UW Medical Center. I was suffering through kidney cancer treatment. I had gone Stage Four. The cancer that was confined to my kidney had raced its way to my lungs. My doctor, John Thompson at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance put me on a two week treatment of Interleukin 2. I didnít know he was sending me to hell.
Itís a drug that has horrible side effects. Letís put it this way, they put you in intensive care when itís adminstered. Your blood pressure drops w :boxing;as bursting through the line and blowing up defenders, it served as the inspiration I needed at the perfect time.
What number 24 did to the Saints, was what exactly how I wanted to conquer cancer. I wanted to beat it down, humiliate it and do it with a smile. I was inspired and ready to keep fighting.
Itís been five years since that day. Iím still here following your lead. Being patient when I have to be, and busting through life when itís required. My problem is I canít keep my mouth shut like you. Iím working on that.
Marshawn, thanks for not only what you do, but how you do it. Your run changed the fortunes of a team, a city and my life.