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For a moment, cancer survivor Kevin Sharp beat all the odds with this chart-topper YouTube

Kevin Sharp was more than a country singer, he was an inspiration.

Before he hit the charts with his month-long No. 1 song “Nobody Knows” in 1997, he had already beaten the odds. As a teenager in the late ’80s, Kevin was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Since the disease had advanced and spread throughout his lungs, Kevin was given a minimal chance of recovery.

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By chance, he met Nashville record producer David Foster through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the two became quick friends. After a few years of chemotherapy and radiation, a miracle occurred as Kevin’s cancer went into remission.

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Kevin was ready to live life and chase his dream of music. It wasn’t long before David introduced him to the right people, and Kevin had a record deal, No. 1 song and Gold-certified album. As a man who relished being able to give back, Sharp became a spokesperson for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and later toured the country as a motivational speaker.

Sadly, Kevin Sharp died on April 19, 2014, at the age of 43, from complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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