Longtime PURDUE UNIVERSITY men's basketball play-by-play voice LARRY CLISBY will be at the mic THURSDAY night (11/1) to start his 41st season calling BOILERMAKERS games, but the real story is that CLISBY is doing so despite being diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer last JUNE that revealed he had lung cancer that had spread to his brain.
The LAFAYETTE (IN) JOURNAL & COURIER reports that CLISBY, 71, will be alongside ROB BLACKMAN and RALPH TAYLOR for the opening exhibition game against MARIAN COLLEGE in PURDUE's MACKEY ARENA THURSDAY. CLISBY, who twice overcame cancer in the past (bladder cancer and melanoma), was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic brain cancer after his fiancee MICHELLE MASON noticed him slurring his words in JUNE. He underwent 10 rounds of radiation and 4 rounds of chemotherapy before his oncologist ended the treatments because the cancer had been reduced to one still-shrinking "hot spot." A GOFUNDME page set up to raise $10,000 for CLISBY's medical expenses (he had limited Medicare coverage) has instead raised $75,902 in three months, with funds not used to pay his bills ticketed for the NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR CANCER RESEARCH.
CLISBY intends to try to travel with the team as usual this season, health permitting. The BOILERMAKERS games air on STAR CITY BROADCASTING Country WYCM/LAFAYETTE through a deal with rights holder LEARFIELD.