A Philadelphia talk radio host mocked a cancer victim — who happens to also be an enthusiastic Philadelphia Phillies fan — on his show on Tuesday, remarking that her favorite player may not even be on the team next year, and wonder aloud whether the cancer victim would even live through next season, the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting.
The story began on Monday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Cancer victim and Phillies superfan Julie Kramer appeared on the show to share her story of hope. Diagnosed with Stage 4 Synovial Sarcoma, Kramer went viral in a video of herself dancing in her hospital gown just hours after surgery. Kramer’s joyeux de vivre and infectious enthusiasm — especially for the Phillies and for her favorite player, second baseman Chase Utley — light up the room.
In typical Ellen fashion, the joyful cancer victim’s life is lit up with some surprises: a $10,000 check, a basket of Phillies merchandise (brought out by none other than Chase Utley himself), and a standing invitation by Utley to come visit the Phillies clubhouse, hang out at batting practice, and tour around the stadium.
You can watch the clip of Julie’s appearance below.
Unfortunately, WPHT radio host Chris Stigall chose to respond to the cancer victim’s uplifting story with snark and bad taste.
First, he made note of the fact that Utley’s spot on the Phillies’ roster next season isn’t yet secure, meaning that Kramer may not even get to see her favorite player on the field.
“You know Chase Utley’s not going to be around to take the cancer patient to the games. It’s a nice invite, but he won’t even be there.”
He then mocked the cancer victim herself, suggesting that she’s not going to live through next season anyway.
“Plus, it’s probably terminal what that woman has. You think she’s going to live through an entire season?”
Actually, according to Sarcoma Help, Julie Kramer’s prognosis is probably good.
“Patients with small tumors that can be completely removed with adequate margins at diagnosis have an excellent prognosis.”
Chris Stigall apologized for his insensitive remarks toward the cancer victim on today’s show, which can be heard, in podcast form, here.
[Image courtesy of: WPHT]