On Wednesday, Craig Sager underwent his third bone marrow transplant in a continued effort to treat an aggressive form of leukemia that he’s battled since 2014.
Before the transplant, however, Sager’s wife, Stacy, was asked the leave the hospital because of a cold doctors feared she might pass off to Craig. After hearing the news that Stacy couldn’t stay, Charles Barkley hopped on a flight from Phoenix to Houston to spend time with his long-time friend and co-worker at TNT, Craig.
“We go to see Sager to cheer him up and by the time you leave you’re like, ‘Is anything wrong with him?’ Barkley told the Associated Press. “He has the most positive attitude … When you go to try and cheer him up his attitude is so upbeat he cheers you up.”
What makes Barkley’s trip so endearing is that he just received a hip replacement less than a month ago, and flew out to see Craig against his doctor’s orders.
On Thursday morning, Sager’s son, Craig Jr., tweeted a photo of what appears to be a successful bone marrow transplant. Sager showed off the chest entry for his transplant with a huge smile on his face.