Faces Of Kansas City: Karen McWhirt And Ian Drazick 12-02-2010 - KCTV5 News

Faces Of Kansas City: Karen McWhirt And Ian Drazick 12-02-2010

Ian Drazick was as all-American as a kid could get.
The Lee's Summit teen has died, but he will always be remembered because of a promise his mother made to him.
Drazick had a nose for football. He was a defensive back for the Lee's Summit Tigers in 2002. Back then life couldn't have been much better for Drazick and his family.
LINK: Iansstory.org
"He played baseball. He played basketball and every sport through the year since he was 6," said his mother, Karen McWhirt. "He was a musician. He wrote his songs and had a band of his own."
After high school, Drazick was living the American dream going to college and playing in not one but two bands. But at 19, life dealt him a cruel blow.
"His right testicle was full of cancer," said McWhirt. "The three of us, Mark, Ian and I were in a room. It was just quiet. We cried and held each other. What do you have left? As a parent you can't say it's going to be OK."
McWhirt said Ian took the bleak news like a man.
"The cancer was in both of his lungs, liver, stomach and in his brain," she said. "It had been growing for a long time."

All the tests, the treatments, the chemo and the cancer began to take their toll. That's when Drazick made a request.
"He said, 'Mom, if I die will you write a book about me?'" McWhirt said.
Just four months after being diagnosed with cancer, Ian lost his battle, and true to her word, McWhirt kept her promise. Her book takes readers through her son's darkest hours, but it's meant to educate and inspire. The book is titled "Together We Will Win."
"I want this to wake people up," she said. "There's no reason any young man should die from this cancer. It's so curable and very easily detected."
At a recent book signing, McWhirt continued her courageous charge to inspire boys and men to not only educate themselves about testicular cancer, but to check themselves for lumps once a month. All the money she raises at charity events goes to local children who are fighting cancer.
"I'm not ever going to forget," she said. "I relive it every day. I never stop missing Ian."
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