Don Kent '62 Inducted into New York State Basketball Hall of Fame
Monday, March 21, 2011
Posted by: Michael Graziano
Health scares couldn’t derail Kent’s journey to hoop Hall
By DYLAN BUTLER
Last Updated: 11:53 AM, March 20, 2011
Posted: 1:55 AM, March 20, 2011
This morning at the Glens Falls Civic Center, Monsignor McClancy
coach Don Kent will be inducted into the New York State Basketball Hall
of Fame, joining the likes of Archbishop Molloy’s Jack Curran, former
St. John’s Prep coach Jimmy Gatto and St. Francis Prep’s Tim Leary.
Less than a year ago, Kent wasn’t sure he would live to see the day.
66, was diagnosed with kidney cancer, and when doctors also found a
growth on his right kidney, he feared he would have to live the rest of
his life on dialysis — or worse.
"I was looking at cancer in the
left kidney, the right kidney and the prostate,” he said. "I went to the
library two nights in a row and I had to close the books, I got so
terrified. You try to read as much as you can and gather as much facts
and statistics. It’s scary. There were moments that I cried. I want to
live, and I’m sure those words come out of every cancer patient’s
Last June 22, Kent had his left kidney with the cancerous,
grapefruit-sized growth removed, and following a CT scan, heard the
greatest six words of his life.
"Mr. Kent, there is no cancer.”
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