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Revolutionary sports anchor Stuart Scott died this week at the age of 49, after a seven-year battle against cancer. His bravery, courage and strength through his fight inspired millions across the world.

Long before the world discovered his singular talent, many of us here at Growing Bolder knew him. In fact, our founder and CEO Marc Middleton was part of the team that decided to give Stuart his very first job in sports journalism at WESH-TV in Orlando. It was the beginning of a long friendship with Stu for both Marc and Growing Bolder’s Wendy Chioji, herself a two-time cancer survivor battling a recurrence.

Below is a collection of remembrances, including a candid and personal blog from Wendy describing their long friendship and Marc's interview with ESPN Radio about his decision to give the young news reporter a shot at sports. 

We’re heartbroken that Stu ran out of time but we remain inspired by the way in which he fought and the message of hope he delivered to millions worldwide. All of us here at Growing Bolder send our love and prayers to Stuart’s two daughters, his family and friends and the legions of fans around the world who loved him.
  A Shout-Out From the Roof of Africa

Last year, Growing Bolder's Marc Middleton and Wendy Chioji joined Survivor Summit, a team of cancer survivors and warriors, on its journey to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Along the way, they paused to pay tribute to Stuart Scott, along with former LIVESTRONG CEO Doug Ulman, another long-time friend of Stuart’s. After seeing the message, Stuart immediately tweeted it out to his half-a-million Twitter followers. Click here to see the message that made Stu smile during his battle.
'My Friend, Stu'

Long before sports fans heard Stuart Scott drop a "booyah" or "cooler than the other side of the pillow" on ESPN, Wendy Chioji heard it first. In the early '90s, she was the weekend anchor and Stuart Scott was her weekend sports reporter on WESH-TV in Orlando. It was the beginning of a long and deep friendship. She shares stories of how they were always there for each other, particularly as the two of them fought the cancer beast simultaneously. Click here to read her candid and personal memories of her friend, Stu.
  Stuart's Early Days in Sports

Did you know Growing Bolder Founder/CEO Marc Middleton gave Stuart Scott his very first job in sports broadcasting? Marc talked to ESPN580 Orlando this week about what it was he saw in the young news reporter from North Carolina that prompted Marc to give Stu a shot and how Marc encouraged Stuart to keep being Stuart, despite the hate mail the station received. Click here to listen to Marc's memories.
Wendy's Cancer Update

Over the past few months, we’ve shared with you the news that our Wendy Chioji is battling a recurrence of thymic carcinoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer with limited treatment options. Wendy has an update on her condition and is sharing pictures from some of her latest adventures. Click here to see why she firmly believes in making every minute count.
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