I only heard of Nick Charles a few months ago while watching television. He was CNN’s first sports-only broadcaster, if not the industry’s first. He was going up against a little know network at the time of ESPN.
He loved all the sports he covered; however, he had an infinite passion for boxing. He loved the artistry of it and he could describe a fight with such passion.
A few years ago, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Bladder Cancer. He was told that it was incurable. His focus from that point on was to live life to the fullest. He wanted to spend more time with his family as they were planning their dream home near Sante Fe, NM.
He started making videos for his daughter when she reaches certain birthdays and proms and her wedding day. His wife would hold the camera when he made the video diaries for his daughter.
He became a Christian in 1992 as his wife led him to Christ. When he got the word of this disease, he thought God was calling him home so he could get heaven ready for when his wife and daughter come home too. His focus was that this was God’s plan and he accepted that this was not his home on earth.
What an awesome example of how we should all live. A great example of Christ doing all we can while we are here for our friends and family before it is our time to go. Most of us do not know when that time is coming. Nick knew his time was short, especially these past few months.
Nick died yesterday morning, June 25th, 2011 overlooking his landscape at his dream home in New Mexico. It was overlooked that day by most as it was the second anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. But I think that is how he would rather have gone. Do not focus on him and be sad for him. He is home. It is where he preparing his Heavenly dream home for his wife and daughter.
Thank you Nick Charles for being such and inspiration through this incredible fight. The fight is now over and you are home.
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