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Memphis radio personality in good spirits as he battles leukemia

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Despite battling leukemia for more than a year, Memphis radio personality John "Bad Dog" McCormack said he is in good spirits.

After undergoing a bone marrow transplant last November, McCormack received bad news from his doctor on February 12.

"He said we found more leukemia after I had had a bone marrow transplant," said McCormack, "which is certainly not expected."

McCormack arrived at Methodist Hospital Wednesday for treatment, just 12 days after he was raising money for Ronald McDonald House of Memphis.

"They give me some platelets," said McCormack. "Check my blood to see if everything else looks good and send me on my way to live a halfway normal life, if that's possible with me."

McCormack has been in remission, but has not let his illness get the best of him.

"This is my second relapse. It's part of the deal," said McCormack. "You make progress. You may get a setback, but you just keep going and do what you got to do."

McCormack is still part of Rock 103's Bad Dog and Ric in the Morning drive-time radio broadcast from his hospital bed and from home on the days he is feeling up to it.

He also helped raise millions of dollars for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.

"In a weird way it's an honor, because now when these kids talk to me at Ronald McDonald or come to the station, I'm just not talking it, but walking it right with them," he said.

McCormack said his faith and attitude will help promote his healing.

"Miracles happen everyday," said McCormack. "I'm just expected to do the things I need to do to take care of my business as the good Lord allows me."

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