New Jersey Nets Radio Voice Chris Carrino Reveals Battle With Muscular Dystrophy
April 15, 2011 at 4:55 AM (PT)
NEW JERSEY NETS radio play-by-play voice CHRIS CARRINO has revealed that he has been battling a form of muscular dystrophy since he was a teenager. CARRINO was diagnosed with the progressive disease, facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, at the age of 23, and he told the NEWARK STAR-LEDGER's DAVE D'ALESSANDRO, "You don't know how it will affect you next year and beyond. And there's no cure, no treatment. But I've found what my neurologist told me years ago is the most viable approach for now: You just do what you can do."
CARRINO's condition, which affects the body's motor function and makes everything from climbing stairs to shaking hands more challenging, has been apparent to those around the team for years but CARRINO had not publicly disclosed the details until the present disclosure, about which his wife LAURA said, "Part of it was CHRIS turning 40. And part of it was being established enough to say, 'You know what, I can help young kids and get the word out.'"
"I can't do anything for myself medically, but it's time to throw my hat in the ring here," CARRINO, heard on CBS RADIO Sports WFAN-A/NEW YORK, told D'ALESSANDRO. "I've come further than I want to believe, but now I have to try to help other people and see what can be done."