Mark Boyle with his brother and his dad

Destination Unknown: Indy is Home

by Mark Boyle
Radio Play-by-Play

It's been a few days since I wrote about my brother's diagnosis of terminal liver cancer. I agonized about sharing something so personal with strangers, and through this process I discovered something that I didn't know.  

You're not really strangers at all.

In the days since that blog entry was posted, I've heard from almost 3,000 people through my own Twitter feed and Facebook page, the Pacers Facebook page, texts, e-mails, and people simply seeking me out in public, offering hugs and support. Your response to something I almost didn't post has been overwhelming, and I can't even begin to explain how you've touched me, nor will I ever be able to appropriately thank all of you. But I do want all of you to know how much your your reaching out means to me.

It's ironic. I make my living with the spoken and written word, and for the first time in my life, I find that I can't quite come up with the words to adequately express my appreciation and gratitude. I can tell you this, though; I've had chances to leave Indianapolis over the years, and I've often thought how nice it would be, when my run here is finished, to return to Minnesota, where I grew up. Because who wouldn't want to go home? But I've realized something that, until the last few days, I didn't know.

I've been home the whole time. Thank you.

Disclaimer: "Destination Unknown" features Pacers radio play-by-play broadcaster Mark Boyle's tales from life on the road, basketball insight, and general musings. Mark's viewpoint is his own and does not reflect the opinions of the Indiana Pacers, their partners, or sponsors.


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