Charles Barkley ignores his doctor’s orders to visit Craig Sager in hospital
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Charles Barkley ignores his doctor’s orders to visit Craig Sager in hospital
Thursday September 1st, 2016

Charles Barkley did a really awesome thing this week, taking a special trip to Houston to spend time with TNT colleague Craig Sager, who is undergoing his third bone marrow transplant as he continues to fight leukemia.

The Associated Press had the story, shedding light on exactly what the 65-year-old Sager has been dealing with. He’s one of the toughest people in the business. His wife, Stacy has been helping take care of him, but came down with a cold this week and was unable to be at the hospital.

Barkley caught wind of that news. He recently had a hip replacement, and wasn’t cleared by his own doctor to travel. He flew from Phoenix to Houston anyway, explaining that this was an emergency.

AP Photo/David J. Phillip

“Craig Sager is one of the most interesting people I've ever met,” Barkley told the AP. “We go to see Sager to cheer him up and by the time you leave you’re like, ‘Is anything wrong with him?’ He has the most positive attitude ... When you go to try and cheer him up his attitude is so upbeat he cheers you up.”

Craig Sager is always on the bright side even in the toughest battle of his life

“Man, life is too beautiful, too wonderful, there’s just too many things,” Sager said. “It’s not just you. It’s your family and kids and all. Fight. Fight until the end. Fight as hard as you can.”

Keep hanging in there, Craig.

- Jeremy Woo

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