Friday, February 22nd
NORTHFIELD, VT - There's no one on the Norwich campus who supports the Maroon and Gold more than Charlie Crosby. From his days as a Cadet in the 1960's to his current role as Associate Director in the Sports Information Department.
"I would never have made anything out of life if it wasn't for Norwich, I don't think.", says Crosby.
The University made Charlie strong, but a Lukemia diagnosis 12 years ago is threatening to take that away.
"You know people say, 'how do you deal with it?'" and I say, 'you know what? It's kind of been my friend. It's been with me 12 years. It's not going to leave me, it's going to stick with me, but I do get tired more easily. Thank goodness Derek is here." Derek is Derek Dunning, the current Sports Information Director at Norwich.
"You know he's been a mentor for me.", says Dunning. "Definitely helped me develop into who I am today. He's been the reason I've been able to get the head sports information job here."
So when it comes to Norwich and his fellow co-workers, Crosby found a perfect fit. But what he needs right now is an exact match for a bone marrow transplant.
"Because of my DNA background, there was a 93 percent they'd find a match, no problem. Well, I'm in the 7 percent. My mother said I was one of a kind.", says Crosby.
The University held a bone marrow drive for Charlie two winters ago. They didn't find a match for him that day, but they did find a match for a 4 year old girl. They don't like to lose here at Norwich.
"I feel like we accomplished something very important. It's much more important to save a 4 year old than a 72 year old.", says Crosby.
Crosby doesn't worry too much about his health. There's too much to do. Besides, he'd rather agonize over his beloved Cadets.
"He's been a great supporter for us an very loyal and he's worked his tail off to make sure all the programs do well here and get recognition.", says Norwich men's hockey head coach Mike McShane.
"The way to try and beat this thing is stay positive and take every day as one at a time. Everyday I get up is a good day.", says Crosby.
And any day Charlie Crosby is hanging around the rink, field or court, you know it's game day.
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