Newsman Tom Brokaw was back in his native Midwest Friday to accept an award from the Eppley Cancer Center in Omaha.
Speaking at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Brokaw said he’s lost colleagues to the disease, including fellow news anchor Peter Jennings, a personal friend.
Brokaw told the crowd he doesn’t know any family in America that hasn’t had some experience with cancer.
Brokaw received the cancer center’s “Ambassador of Hope” award. “You may find this hard to believe, butut when I was a young reporter in Omaha, cancer was something you didn’t talk about,” Brokaw said. “It was…the unspoken.”
Brokaw said it has become “exceptionally healthy” for cancer patients and survivors to talk about their experiences.
(Thanks to Nebraska Public Radio)