Marshfield: Sports show recognizes local man battling cancer

40-year-old Shawn Osborne, a NASCAR fan and Whitman native, was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of lung cancer and began treatment earlier this year. Wednesday night, members of the local television show “The Sports Page with Joe O’Neill” on Marshfield Community Access recognized Shawn, and surprised him with a piece of NASCAR Memorabilia from one of his favorite drivers.

The gift: a helmet, worn and autographed by NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick. Shawn says Harvick is his favorite driver.

Harvick, a native of Bakersfield, California, drives the # 29 Budweiser Chevrolet and is running 4th in NASCAR points. He finished 5th this past week at Talladega Super speedway.

Shawn was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of lung cancer after he went to the doctor thinking he had pneumonia. Co-host Keith Hayes said Osborne is a good friend, and the show’s crew also passed along their thoughts and prayers.

This Saturday at 7 p.m. a benefit is being held at the Abington VFW for Shawn. All the proceeds from the fundraiser will go to Shawn, who has been out of work since he started treatment in February.


About Steven Dodrill

Steven Dodrill left the WATD news team in 2013. He was a full-time news reporter and weekend anchor while assuming the duties of Manager of Web and News Services. The 25 year-old Franklin Pierce University graduate adds a blend of new media to the traditional news for WATD listeners over the airwaves, and for the readers on the web. Dodrill has a vast amount of experience in on-air and online platforms. "Follow" him on Twitter At Franklin Pierce, Steven worked to introduce new forms of media like YouTube, and Twitter to the Franklin Pierce community.  Steven graduated Cum Laude and with honors in Mass Communication from Franklin Pierce University in May of 2009. Steven focused his education and experience in New Hampshire around sports broadcasting, digital media, broadcast journalism, news, media production, and political reporting. "Like" him on Facebook Dodrill also interned with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League during the summer of 2007, and most recently in the spring of 2009 he completed an internship in the newsroom at WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH.