‘It was at that moment back in 1988 that I reached a crossroad in my life. I had the choice either to accept my fate and let cancer kill me, or I had to fight back and give myself a real chance at living again. And with that realisation I made myself a pledge: I was going to beat the disease and chase my dream.’
Mark Pilgrim had wanted to ‘be on radio’ since he was thirteen years old, yet it always seemed like an unobtainable dream. It took a life-threatening illness to motivate him to pursue his passion.
At the age of eighteen his radio dream was on the back burner. Mark had just completed the first year of a B.Com degree at university and had secured a bursary to complete his studies. Things were looking good. Then the blow fell: he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. After surgery and throughout months of chemotherapy his initial despair was transformed into determination. He found the inner strength to fight the illness, change his career direction, and to make his lifelong dream a reality.
Beyond the Baldness is a personal account of Mark’s journey of determination, following every opportunity to audition for radio and television. From the humble beginnings of living in a trailer park, today Mark is one of South Africa’s best-known and most recognisable personalities, having deejayed on South Africa’s biggest radio stations and hosted some of the most memorable television shows like ‘Big Brother’ and SA’s biggest ever game show ‘The Power of 10’. His voice is also used in countless radio and television commercials.
As a motivational speaker, Mark spends a lot of his time engaging with delegates at conferences, chatting about his experience with cancer as well as the sudden heart attack he had at the age of 38.
His positive approach to life is inspirational and it will encourage everyone who reads this book to chase their dreams!
With his distinctive bald head, warm personality and easy going demeanor, Mark Pilgrim is one of South Africa’s most recognisable radio and TV personalities. This multi-award winning presenter has spent over 19 years entertaining millions of listeners and viewers.
When not live on air, he spends a lot of his time in recording studios, doing voice overs for commercials, AV presentations and IVR lines.
Mark is also one of South Africa’s most experienced Master of Ceremonies, having hosted hundreds of corporate events over the past two decades.
Mark’s book, Beyond the Baldness, is an inspirational autobiography of beating the odds … twice!
ISBN: 978-0-620-65665-8 Format: Trade Paperback Size: 235mm h x 153mm w Page Extent: 180 pages