BENEFITING: National Blood Clot Alliance
EVENT DATE: Jun 11, 2016
Michael Scott was truly a one of kind person. Kind, funny, smart -- dedicated to his family, his friends, his co-workers. He had a smile that would light up a room and I've never seen a person who was always giving to those around him.
It all starts with the way you are raised, and since I've gotten the chance to know his Mom Theresa and his sister Lisa, it is obvious that this is one amazing family.
Mike was always taking care of the people around him, whether it was staying late at work to finish a project or mentor a co-worker, getting up early to do one of his many volunteer activities, taking time to do something special for a friend, or making sure his family was okay.
When his own health suffered three years ago, he went from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what was wrong. He always took such good care of himself, from exercise to eating right, and it was a mystery as to why he was struggling. At one point he was incorrectly put on medication for asthma which made him worse. But not one of the doctors every thought to check him for a blood clot. Why would they? He was relatively young, athletic -- not the normal candidate that they would suspect for blood clots. We found out too late that he had blood clots in his legs which traveled to his lungs, and this was the cause of a pulmonary embolism which took his life in September of 2013.
I had the privilege of working with Mike for almost 20 years. We started at ABC around the same time, and I consider myself lucky to have been able to call him a friend. We worked together side by side in the same department the last few years, and I watched him thrive in our newsroom getting opportunities to cover big stories, to pitch pieces on stories that were important to him, and to mentor and guide young co-workers and interns. He truly loved what he did, making a difference trying to tell stories or help others tell their stories. And he truly made a difference each day in the lives of those around him, so many friends who loved him, and who were so saddened to lose him. The newsroom was certainly a much emptier place without him there, for so many of us.
Mike's spirit remains with us, and I walk for "Stop The Clot" with Mike's family to help the National Blood Clot Alliance raise awareness for blood clots. Every day, 274 people die from blood clots. On average, one person dies every six minutes from a blood clot. But they can be prevented. People need to understand the risks and know the signs and symptoms. Go to stoptheclot.org to learn more and consider donating or walking with us on June 11th to help raise awareness.