TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Anyone who knows Drew Garabo knows how he lives his life with one goal in mind. Be authentic.
The longtime host of the Tampa Bay area radio show is an open book, known for sharing his personal struggles and triumphs on his hugely popular show heard daily on 102.5 – The Bone.
In the final hour of the show on Wednesday, listeners were deeply moved when Garabo’s authenticity manifested, once again, in an even more powerful and organic way.
The outspoken host they know and love shared with them something that no one could have predicted, let alone Garabo himself. He has stage 2 testicular cancer.
In typical Garabo form, he was open, honest and humorous when he opened up about his soul and the details of his diagnosis.
“Honestly, if I can help someone get checked out before they find out something, maybe I feel less alone, that’s a good goal,” he told 8 On Your Side.
The 52-year-old dad said it all comes down to this.
“Guys over there, get checked out. Don’t beat around the bush, don’t delay. Give yourself peace of mind and go get checked out, ”he urged. “It could literally save your life and I hope it does.”
The well-known host says he made his diagnosis public for a reason.
It was inspired by Florida’s First Lady Casey DeSantis, who went public with her own battle with breast cancer on Monday, announcing her recent diagnosis.
“I will tell you that by reading this article on wfla.com, it has been immeasurably helpful and inspired me to share my story,” he explained. “It was your story online that made me share my story.”
Garago said that after watching the story of Casey DeSantis and his bravery in sharing his diagnosis, he knew exactly what he wanted to do.
“It lit up like a 50 watt bulb above my head, where I said it saves lives by making its diagnosis public, so why am I so uncomfortable? What am I so afraid of? I mean, if I can help a guy out there, why not?
He added, “Casey DeSantis is moving forward, isn’t she? I think it’s a beautiful thing, a very courageous thing that she has done. And then I read this wonderful story on wfla.com, which I visit every day, and I read this story of a young woman named Melanie Michael that I adore, and this story of a doctor from Moffitt said with Casey in the future, she can save lives. “
Garabo wanted to follow the first lady’s lead, hoping her story could inspire others like Casey DeSantis did for him.
Drew Garabo’s battle with cancer actually began many years ago, without his knowledge.
A lump was detected in her early twenties, but doctors declared it benign.
Then, a month ago, things changed. Dramatically.
“The lump gradually increased in size,” he shared. “Over the past two months the swelling has become significant. There was definitely a lump, something was wrong. This is what I want to encourage the guys out there to watch out for. Don’t ignore the feeling that something is wrong with your body.
After successful surgery, Garabo is now in chemotherapy on Monday. By sharing his story, he says he hopes to share life.
“If something is wrong, even if you think it’s probably nothing, you are right. It’s probably nothing, ”he said. “Get it off your shoulders. take the weight off your shoulders, go take the weight off. Or, at the very least, make you sleep better tonight.
Garabo says he is more than grateful for all the support he has received from his family, friends, colleagues and listeners.
He says he hopes to be better by Christmas, and even more than that, he has a wish for the future.
He hopes his story will inspire others to seek medical treatment if they are unsure about their health, essentially paying for it.
It is, he says, the ultimate gift that we can share with each other – the gift of life.