When James was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia as a child, his family turned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where James underwent chemotherapy. As he neared the end of treatment, James’ family learned the cancer had returned. His continuing treatment included chemotherapy and radiation therapy. James finished treatment in 2002.
Today, he coaches college basketball. His brother Eddie, who helped care for him during treatment, works for International Paper, manufacturer of the Hammermill paper brand.