Hosted by a local Relay For Life team, “Believers Seeking a Divine Cure,” the event offered several Relay For Life items (shirts, stickers, etc.), a “meet and great” style book signing with the personable former player, as well as a chance to hear Krebs speak on his mother’s 9-year battle with cancer duirng which he worked his way through school and basketball.
While at the event, which began around 6:30pm, iSurf News spoke with the down-to-earth, 24 year-old former UK player to find out a little more on where he has come from, where he’s going, and how he approached writing his first book.
“I played basketball at the University of Kentucky for the Wildcats for 4 years, went through 3 different coaches, was a walk-on, and ended up with a scholarship my senior year,” said Krebs. “I saw pretty much everything. We went from being bad to worse the first 3 years, and then we went to the NIT, which was the worst of all, and then my senior year we were actually ranked first in the nation. It was always a dream of mine to play with Kentucky.”
As far as what Krebs has been up to since his time with UK, he explained that, “Basketball ended in April and I got a couple calls to write a book because of the 3 different coaches, which was amazing and unheard of in the area of Kentucky basketball, but I said ‘no.’ I then got a call from a family friend to write a book about my experiences not only with basketball, but also with my mom, who had battled cancer for 9 years at the time.”
“They had given her 9 months to live in 2001 at the age of 40, but she lasted until June 30th of this year,” said Krebs of his late mother. “She lasted 9 years. She fought through a lot of stuff—190 chemo treatments, 7 surgeries, and the maximum amount of radiation that anyone could get. And she did it all with a smile and a lot of energy. That’s what drove me to write the book—the correlation between me reaching my dreams and overcoming different adversities in my life, but also doing it because I looked at her and her situation and saw how precious life is. You might as well go for the big things and set goals, and I learned that from her. She also looked at us to set those goals to keep on living through the cancer.”
Though not an official member of Relay For Life, Krebs also explained that he is always happy to support organizations raising awareness about cancer.
In regards to how he approached writing his first book, Krebs told iSurf News that, “I’ve never written a book, and the reason I wrote this one is because it’s a story that’s inspirational and important to me. At first, I wanted to tell the guy [editor] stories and let him write it, but all of a sudden it got to the point where I became too emotionally attached to it that I couldn’t stop writing it. From there, I pretty much took it over from chapter 1 and on.”
Following Krebs informative and emotional speech, which juxtaposed his emotional experiences with his mother’s condition and his years as a basketball player, he offered the crowd a chance to ask questions, which ranged in topic from his athletic knowledge to the effects of his family’s struggle on his drive as a person.
In the end, fans and attendants of all ages told Krebs how thankful they were to have him visit our town and gave him a hearty round of applause.
To find out more information on Mark Krebs’s new book, “Beyond A Dream,” or to order a copy for yourself, visit the following online address: http://www.beyondadreambook.com/. In addition, you may pick up the book at Readmore Bookstore in Madisonville’s Parkway Plaza Mall.
Additionally, if you would like to support Relay For Life by donating or volunteering your time, you may visit their official website at http://www.relayforlife.org/relay/ for more information. Hopkins County’s Relay For Life organization can be found via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/group.php?gid=67815412560 as well.
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