Dave McCann: Remembering Dad this Father’s Day | Opinion

Dave McCann, right, poses with his dad Dale in Austin, Texas, when the BYU football team traveled to the Lone Star State to play the Longhorns in 1987.

Courtesy McCann family

It is 6:10 p.m. The final script for my sportscast is written, a dusting of makeup is hiding my late afternoon shadow and I have just enough time to call Utah Valley Hospital in Provo before going out to the KLAS-TV studio in Las Vegas.

Dad remembers not being sick a single day of his life before he turned 30, but is hard-pressed to find a time since — when he felt whole. This hospital visit was triggered by pain in his lower extremities.

At 57, and 25 years into his run as executive director of the BYU Cougar Club, Dad mastered the ability to work, coach Little League baseball and serve in the church, all while feeling lousy.

A bout with testicular cancer in 1974 had he and my mom considering funeral plans, but to the surprise of his medical staff, he survived. In another medical stunner, after being told the cancer would prevent any future children, my parents had four more.


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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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