Julie Kramer of Tabernacle, New Jersey, is only 23 years old, but she’s battling stage 4 synovial sarcoma — terminal cancer. Despite her health issues, Kramer has remained a positive and vibrant presence in her friend’s lives and still finds time to keep up on her beloved Philadelphia Phillies. That didn’t stop WPHT 1210 AM radio host Chris Stigall from mocking her on the air.
When Kramer’s friends found out Ellen DeGeneres was interviewing inspiring women, they campaigned on social media to get her on the show. Kramer was given not only an interview on the Ellen DeGeneres Show but also a $10,000 check and a basket full of Phillies swag — presented by second-baseman Chase Utley.
Utley asked Kramer, “Would you be my guest next year to as many games as you want?” and she accepted the invitation with delight on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, which aired Monday. The next morning, Stigall poked fun at Kramer’s cancer and enthusiasm for Utley, eliciting laughs from his coworkers in the process (audio below).
First, Stigall mentioned that Utley might not even be on the Phillies’ roster next year: “You know, Chase Utley’s probably not even going to be around to take the cancer patient to the games. It’s a nice invite, but he won’t even be there.
“Plus, it’s probably terminal what that woman has. You think she’s going to live through an entire season?”
Neither Stigall nor WHPT responded to requests for comments from reporters at Philly.com by press time.