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Ron Scarborough Joins Cade Crenshaw for The Evening Sports Page's Miracle Kids Christmas.
Celebration Marks Scarborough's First Time Back to Radio Since His Stroke.

By Karen Brewer

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Ron Scarborough and Cade Crenshaw of The Evening Sports Page, which can be heard weeknights 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on 101.7 FM WGOG Walhalla. The radio show covers high school and collegiate football, basketball, and baseball, as well as NASCAR. Scarborough joined Crenshaw Monday night, December 18, 2017, as the show aired on location in Powdersville for the annual Miracle Kids Christmas Party. It was the first time for Scarborough to be back on radio since his stroke.

Photograph by Karen Brewer, The Christian View magazine

Ron Scarborough and one of his therapists, Elizabeth Hensley, who joined him and Crenshaw for the celebration. 

Photograph by Karen Brewer, The Christian View magazine

Ron Scarborough with Tyler Stroud. Stroud was born prematurely and was diagnosed with a brain bleed and cerebral palsy as well as osteogenesis imperfecta, ‘brittle bone disease’, but he is doing well now. Stroud has joined Scarborough on The Evening Sports Page many times.

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Cade Crenshaw with Misty Vinson and her daughter, Ella, age eight, who has been in remission for a year and a half, after having been diagnosed with a kidney disease at age three and having been on life support for eleven days.

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Ella Vinson, age eight, gives Scarborough a hug goodbye.

Photograph by Karen Brewer, The Christian View magazine

Ron Scarborough and Travis Jackson, father of Lee Earl Jackson, who will turn 12 in January and who has gone through two brain tumor surgeries.

For the first time since his stroke, Ron Scarborough was back on the air Monday night, December 18, 2017, on location in Powdersville for The Evening Sports Page on WGOG 101.7, joining co-host Cade Crenshaw for the annual Miracle Kids Christmas Party.

“I was completely paralyzed in my left leg and left arm, and I was blinded,” said Scarborough. “Since then, I’ve been able to regain my sight. It would be really easy to give up on everything, but I was so fortunate to go through physical therapy, and my therapists instilled in me what I needed to do, to get better. Without them, I probably would have given up.”

His occupational therapist, Elizabeth Hensley, present for the celebration, told him, “You were always the center of attention in the therapy room. I don’t think a day went by that you didn’t make somebody laugh.”

“If it hadn’t been for Elizabeth and Sarah Beth, chances are I wouldn’t be where I am today,” said Scarborough. “They’ve instilled in me to get better, to do my exercises. She’d work me really hard. Even if I didn’t feel like it, she’d make me do it. I just want to tell you how much I appreciate it.”

Also joining Scarborough for the celebration was his longtime friend Tyler Stroud, who was born prematurely at two pounds six ounces and diagnosed with a brain bleed on his left side and cerebral palsy on his right side and also diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic disorder commonly called ‘brittle bone disease’, but he is doing well now. Tyler has joined Scarborough on his radio show, The Evening Sports Page, numerous times through the years, and he discussed football with him on this night.

“I’m glad you’re doing better,” Tyler told his friend. “I know a lot about you, and a quitter is one thing you ain’t. I knew you weren’t going to quit. I know God’s got His hand on you, and you’re going to pull through it.”

“I appreciate you saying that,” said Scarborough. “Sarah Beth and Elizabeth wouldn’t let me quit.”

“You can’t quit,” said Tyler, who told him he has had an impact on many people’s lives. “You’re a fighter, and you always will be,” he said.

“I appreciate that,” said Scarborough.

Other guests on The Evening Sports Page Monday night included eight-year-old Ella Vinson and her mother, Misty. Ella, her mother explained, has been in remission for a year and a half, after having been diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome, a kidney disease, at the age of three, and having been on life support for eleven days during that ordeal.

“I remember that,” said Scarborough. “She’s been through more than any kid ought to have to go through.”

“That’s right,” said Misty, who added, “She’s doing great, now.”

Another guest Monday night was Travis Jackson, father of Lee Earl Jackson, who has known Scarborough since 2010, when Lee Earl was age four.

“I appreciate you, Ron,” said Jackson. “I definitely know that God put you in our path, and we appreciate all of the prayers.” Jackson explained to the audience that his son had been diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of four. “He had a 9 ½ hour procedure. The surgery lasted into the wee hours of the morning. About 2 ½ hours into it, the oncologist came in and said, ‘We need to pray that this is low grade.’ If it was a high grade tumor, it was a death sentence. At that time, I wasn’t living a saved life. I got down on my knees and just asked God to heal my son. A couple of hours later, the ER doctor came in and said, ‘Did you hear about the MRI?’ And I said, ‘No.’ And he said, ‘It’s a 100 percent recession.’ A couple of weeks later, the pathology results came back. It was the lowest grade that we could have prayed for. And so, he was healed. We can’t praise God enough.

“Even though there was less than a one percent chance of recurrence, Lee Earl had a recurrence within four months. And so, he went through nine months of chemo, and had to have a second brain tumor surgery. Praise God, in 2012, he had a second brain tumor surgery, and the pathology came back great. He’s been about five and a half years cancer free. I can’t begin to praise the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. God has been faithful and merciful. I’m thankful for you, Ron, because I know you had a lot of prayer warriors out there. Some of them are no longer with us, who were praying for Lee Earl. I’m very grateful for all of the prayers.”

Lee Earl was not present with his father because he is has the flu, but Jackson promised Scarborough a visit once his son has recuperated.

Crenshaw asked Jackson how he would summarize his journey, and Jackson answered, “God’s mercies. God’s Word says that we are created in His image and for His pleasure. He could have created a billion robots for worshipping Him, but, instead, He gave us one of the most God-like qualities I can imagine, and it’s free will. He just wants us to recognize Him as our Lord and Saviour and our Father and be obedient to Him. So, I look back, and this is the way I know that God got my attention. He was merciful to me. He knew that, through our journey, we would meet a lot of folks that we were able to share our testimony with, and they have become friends of ours.”

One of those friends was Tyler Stroud, whom Jackson called "a little angel to us during that time.

“I can’t tell you how instrumental Tyler was,” said Jackson. “God worked through him in our lives. We want to praise God now for His blessings.”