Heart of the Game: Jake McCrae's story of survival

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was almost one year ago when doctors diagnosed Bishop Snyder head coach Brian "Jake" McCrae with kidney cancer. We decided to check on the coach to see how he's doing.

Doctors had to remove his two-pound kidney that had a cancerous mass on it.

The surgery forced McCrae to miss two games and he had to be confined to a wheelchair until he was healthy.

McCrae said when he was first told he had cancer he immediately thought he would die.

He also thought about his young children, and the fact that he might not be able to go to their games and see them grow up, McCrae said.

Almost a year later, McCrae is healthy and in good spirits but he says the recovery process was hard.

However, it was made easier because of a strong support system.

McCrae said he's healthy now and has a new outlook on life.

The coach no longer takes being alive for granted.


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