Marrow in Me

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How that one golf ball found its way into Hawaii resident Chris Pablo's basket at the driving range, God only knows. Weeks after being diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, Chris saw an older, scuffed up ball in his basket. He plucked it out, turned it over and saw the words beat leukemia stamped on the side. Despite great odds against finding an unrelated bone marrow donor to help cure his blood cancer, a match was found in a man who was a double amputee.
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Overview

How that one golf ball found its way into Hawaii resident Chris Pablo's basket at the driving range, God only knows. Weeks after being diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, Chris saw an older, scuffed up ball in his basket. He plucked it out, turned it over and saw the words beat leukemia stamped on the side. Despite great odds against finding an unrelated bone marrow donor to help cure his blood cancer, a match was found in a man who was a double amputee.
The golf ball discovery and tsunami of media coverage set into motion a series of other miracles as heartwarming as the Hawaiian sun. The family of two-year-old leukemia patient Alana Dung asked for similar coverage to drive people to their daughter's bone marrow registration drives. The chance of matching any one person and going to transplant is about one in 200. Of the 30,000 who came out to help Alana, more than 86 went to transplant.
In the center of those matches is the compelling story of the author, Kevin Walsh. As a young news anchor and reporter Kevin covered the stories of Chris Pablo and Alana Dung from the beginning for Honolulu's KGMB-TV. Kevin registered as a potential donor on the final day of Alana's drive. Four years later he got the call that he was the only match in the world for a 16-year-old boy with leukemia whom he'd never met. The storyteller became a major part of the storyline, having his marrow sucked out of his bones in the attempt to save a life.
The Marrow in Me tells the full story of what's involved in one of the most interesting, but often misunderstood life saving missions. Does it hurt? And would I have the guts to do it? The Marrow in Me answers all the relevantquestions.
The Marrow in Me ends with the author returning to his one time island home to run in the Honolulu Marathon with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training to honor the boy who received his marrow and other selected honorees. Kevin's homecoming includes an emotional reunion with Chris Pablo, the man who helped start The Marrow in Me journey. Chris gave Kevin a dozen golf balls with the words beat leukemia stamped on the side, and instructions to lose them. The balls are now scattered across America. One day someone like Chris Pablo will find one, sparking new stories of inspiration and miracles like The Marrow in Me.
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What People Are Saying

Jim Nantz
"Kevin Walsh tells a most inspiring story that is both remarkable and unforgettable. Just when you think the odds are stacked against you, this book reminds you that anything is possible!"--(Jim Nantz, CBS Sports)
Lenn Robbins
"Every now and then you need to read a profound book that gets you back in balance with what life's all about. Kevin Walsh's The Marrow in Me is one of those books."--(Lenn Robbins, Writer, NY Post)
Ron Borges
"If you feel the need to be inspired to DO something rather than just talk about it, or simply to smile rather than frown, reading "The Marrow in Me" is the answer. Kevin Walsh's story of how he tried to save the life of a 16-year-old boy is a winding, whimsical tale of good luck, good works, good television reporting and one good man's decision to face the pain of a bone marrow transplant in the hopes of ending the pain of someone he'd never met. It's a lesson too, a lesson that one person can do more than we may think and a reminder that sometimes in the least likely circumstances we learn we've really all been put on earth to work together. When we do, as Kevin and the folks he met along his journey learn, miracles can happen. The Marrow in Me is one of them."--(Ron Borges, Sports Columnist Boston Herald)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981986166
  • Publisher: Sports Challenge Network
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Comcast Sportsnet's Kevin Walsh has traveled around the world covering some of the most important and exciting events of our time. He began his television career in the U.S. Territory of Guam. From Guam he moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where he was the 5:00 pm weekday news anchor and a reporter for KGMB TV. Following Hawaii Kevin moved to Central California where he was one of the primary news anchors for the CBS affiliate KGPE TV and KJEO TV in Fresno. In 2003 Kevin returned to his east coast roots, working for CN8 The Comcast Network in various hosting and news anchoring roles, seen in nine million households from Maine to Virginia. In 2009 he joined Comcast Sportsnet New England as an anchor and reporter. He can also be seen on New England Cable News. Kevin resides in suburban Boston with his wife Jean and two daughters.
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  • Posted December 1, 2009

    Inspiring & Informational!

    A question often asked by individuals that want to donate to a charity or help a person in need, is "How much of an impact will my single contribution really make?" Kevin Walsh's The Marrow in Me is a detailed, compelling and heartwarming story that answers that very question. It eases any doubts that one person alone CAN have a vital effect on someone else's life.

    Kevin and I go back many years to the good ol' days of making television history in Philadelphia. As an anchor/producer duo, we created a countless number of newscasts, live specials and feature stories. Over the years, my respect for Kevin's journalistic skill and knack for good story-telling and writing continued to grow. On a professional level, I always enjoyed his writing style and creativity. I got to know him personally as well. I vividly recall the night in the newsroom that he shared his story with me about his bone marrow transplant experience, and quickly realized that it takes an extraordinarily special individual to undergo something like that. I couldn't wait to read this book. It is nothing short of spectacular... a candid look at one man's mission to help others live healthier, more full-filled lives. It is an eye-opening narrative which brings to light the scope of blood-related cancers and the desperate need for potential donors.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2009

    An Anchorman's Courageous Story of Giving - Must Reading

    Kevin Walsh is a husband, father, champion golfer and talented TV anchor who may be a starting a new national trend of giving. What is better in giving than giving a piece of yourself. This is a story of courage, triumph and tragedy that is must reading for anyone who cares about the sanctity of life. A guy who has everything suddenly finds out that everything is more than the material world that most people live in. His story should be read by everyone who is trying to find the real sources of happiness and success, and not just the superficial path that most people take. Walsh, now an anchor at Comcast Sportsnet in New England, takes a dramatic move, knowing not at the time that his small sacrifice would lead to another human being's battle to stay alive.

    This is a book that is inspiring. and takes you to the heights of euphoria and the dramatic depths of a family's battle for life. Imagine suddenly connecting as the sole lifeline to a stranger's struggle to live.

    This book will leave you with hope for humanity, and, without question, a smile and some tears.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2009

    Must Read

    Heartfelt. Inspiring. Remarkable. Unforgettable. Those are just some of the words that come to mind after reading The Marrow in Me. The gift of golf? Trust me. There is such a thing after reading this. This story represents the good in one human being, Kevin Walsh, that has made such a difference in the life of another. Walsh put his own life on hold to try to save the life of a boy he'd never met. And this was no simple procedure. He let his bones be drilled into to make it happen. This must read will make you stop in your tracks and think about what life is really about and give you hope that anything is possible. This uplifting story is also proof that you can make a difference. I guarantee you, you will be inspired to make one - and soon.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2009

    The Marrow in Me by Kevin Walsh was a true inspiration.

    Fate works in mysterious and unknown ways. Many just take it as that but this story shows that through recognition, acceptance and drive an individual can make a difference. Through personal experiences, the author captured the essence of "belief in a cause" and the ability to help others, not only in words, but in actions!

    This is a story about heroes: those fighting the disease (2yr old Alana Dung, Chris Pablo, Jay Hinkle, and others), their family's, and strangers willing/wanting to help. It's often said that there's no greater gift than the "gift of life". This book captures that in a real and heartfelt way!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2009

    The Marrow in Me is a must read

    The Marrow in Me by Kevin Walsh is truly an inspiration. A genuine and honest tale from start to finish, Walsh's story sheds light on how life's trials and uncertainties can lead to brilliant positive life experiences. If you are searching for inspiration, a good laugh, a heart felt story, or a jump start towards making the most out of your own life's journey, the Marrow in Me is the place to start. Kevin Walsh enlightens us and encourages us--not only to look inside ourselves to see what we are truly capable of, but also to not to take ourselves too seriously in the process. For Sports fans, for life fans, this book is a must read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2009

    Very inspiring

    The most inspiring and remarkable story that I have read in recent years. Once in a while a story like this comes along and highlights a real person making a difference in someone else's life.

    This story is remarkable and so is it's author ... Kevin Walsh is a real life hero!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2009

    Just What I Needed

    If you're looking for a book that does your heart and soul good, The Marrow in Me just what you need. It was just what I needed and that's why I put those words in the headline. It will restore your faith in humanity and the goodness of people who realize there are missions and callings in life bigger than any one individual. How a television reporter and a man who found a one in-a-million golf ball had the foresight to see how that discovery could take on a life of its own is truly magical. Time and time again I felt shivers going up and down my spine. I can only think of a few life's moments that have done that to me before, and it wasn't from reading books. If you ever wondered what it's like to have marrow suctioned out of your bones, The Marrow in Me leaves nothing to the imagination. The author's credibility is unquestioned. He did it, for a boy he'd never met no less. But wait there's more. For anyone who's ever had to have a final conversation with a loved one, Kevin Walsh's final conversation with his dying mother is not to be missed. For those who were touched by books like Tuesdays with Morrie, The Purpose Driven Life, and the movie Pay it Forward; Kevin Walsh's The Marrow in Me is similar and every bit as profound. And the guy who found that golf ball in his basket? You won't believe what happened to him.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2009

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    A Family Story

    Chris Pablo was my younger brother. I remember going through everything with Chris. His boys were little then and Sandy was really a rock through all of the treatments, and Chris's bone marrow transplant at City of Hope. Chris was always a positive person and was comfortable around anyone. Helping others with leukemia and other types of cancers became his life's mission. I remember when he found that golf ball and it was like a sign from God he would beat it. The radiation and transplant were awful. The other four guys who went through orientation with Chris at City of Hope didn't make it out of the hospital. This final cancer was so painful, but Chris was out speaking and doing whatever he could until he went into the hospital for the final time. Even then, he was upbeat with everyone who came to visit him. What I miss is his great smile and laugh and just all of the fun times we had hanging out together and talking. I'm proud he was my brother. I am really happy Kevin got his story out and put a face with the disease. All Chris would want is for more donors to come forward and for more lives to be saved. Kevin took some of the fear out of becoming a donor so that others may step forward. Before he died, Chris was able to read much of what Kevin had written about him and his family, and it brought him to tears. No one could ever underestimate what a wonderful wife Sandy was and what amazing young men his boys have turned out to be. Chris made this devastating disease a positive in his life and in the lives of others and used his remaining years to serve God in the service of encouraging others. Our entire family is grateful for Kevin telling Chris's story in such a real, but moving way. But you would have had to know Chris to really see what a star he was. He was really a gift to me, to all of our family, and to all of the people he touched. I am so glad I got to have this time on earth with him. He was quite a guy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2010

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    Review of "The Marrow in Me"

    I really enjoyed reading this book and found the timing a good karma as an important member of my community was recently diagnosed and in need of a bone marrow transplant. Reading this book was very helpful and inspirational and helped me to decide to be a registrant at a recent bone marrow drive in hopes of also making a difference in saving someones life. Kevin details his personal experience of becoming a donor for a 16 year old boy and has a way of tapping into the readers heart and soul to do the right thing. He writes in an easy to read, can't put down manner and inspires the reader to want to continue his legacy to help beat life threatening disease. Recommend it to all readers.

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