Sunday, April 2, 2017
Wicklow footballer John McGrath was diagnosed with leukaemia and entered four intense cycles of chemotherapy back in 2011. Within 6 months he was back playing for his beloved club Baltinglass and a year later he was on the Croke Park turf winning a league title for his county.
As we discussed the ups and downs of his recovery, it became abundantly clear that we were sitting in the room with one of the most resilient and inspiring men our national games have to offer as he now prepares for his 11th season at inter-county level.
John openly discusses his recovery, his mind-set through an extremely challenging time and how his love for football gave him a constant source of hope.
What he said: “The word cancer is not nice because we only hear the negative stories. When I got better, I made sure that I would try my best to show that it is beatable and not all doom and gloom.”
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