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Special News Report on KCTV 5 for Together We Will Win

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KCTV5 Faces Of Kansas City with Brad Stephens: Karen McWhirt And Ian Drazick

POSTED: 3:13 pm CST December 2, 2010
UPDATED: 3:05 pm CST December 3, 2010

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- 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."


41 Action News

Posted 1-16-2012

TOPEKA, Kan. - A Young Lee's Summit man's battle with cancer will come to life in Topeka in late January. Karen McWhirt wrote a book about her son Ian Drazick's fight with testicular cancer from diagnosis to his death. "Together We Will Win: What Happens When We Don't Talk About Testicular Cancer was published in 2010.

On January 26th through 29th, Topeka High School drama department will re-enact Ian's story as part of its upcoming production of "Cancer: Inspiration and Hope, A Night of Poetry and Prose."

McWhirt says she plans to attend all four performances of the play.

View Stage Performance Video and read CJonline news article here

You can find more information on the play on the production's Facebook page.



Fox 4 Health News Reporter, Meryl Lin McKean
Posted May 31, 2012

Mom Makes Young Men Aware of Testicular Cancer


View entire video story

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — The most common cancer in young men is testicular cancer. Yet many young men don’t know about it even after Lance Armstrong survived it.

FOX 4 Medical Reporter Meryl Lin McKean says a Lee’s Summit mother won’t stop spreading awareness of that cancer.

For more on testicular cancer and self-exams, go to www.iansstory.org.

The annual cancer survivors’ rally will be held Sunday, June 3, from 12-2 p.m. at the Bloch Cancer Survivors Park, 48th and Roanoke, Kansas City, MO.


Lee's Summit Journal 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Ian's Story 

High school to re-enact young man's cancer fight

By Rob Roberts  rroberts@lsjournal.com

Read this wonderfully written article at LSjournal online here