Merril Hoge reflects on his battle

Originally Published: December 1, 2010
By Kaitee Daley | ESPN.com

ESPN analyst Merril Hoge can still picture Jim Valvano on stage at the 1993 ESPYS. The coaching icon's legendary speech, both haunting and beautiful, gave struggle a voice -- one that urged people never to surrender their hope. His courage in the face of cancer was and still is unforgettable. But Hoge also remembers feeling fortunate, grateful he would never have to deal with such an unstoppable killer.

Hoge was healthy. It didn't run in his family. It would never get to him.

Until ...

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