Jake Gibb

Set to Survive.
Husband. Father. Athlete. Pro.

From Coping Magazine  |  By Jessica Webb Errickson

“When professional beach volleyball champion Jake Gibb got a call from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency with the news that he had failed a routine drug test, he was taken aback. The USADA tester on the line explained to Jake that he would be suspended from his sport for a year and a half due to abnormally high levels of alpha- fetoprotein and human chorionic gonadotropin (beta-HGC) in his system, hormones that pointed to steroid use. Then he advised Jake to see a doctor.

After reading up on the hormones that had prompted his doping ban, Jake discovered that they’re often found in pregnant women and steroid users. Jake was neither.

“At the very bottom of this article I read, there was one line that said, ‘Also found in men with testicular cancer …’” he explains, “and my heart just dropped.”

A visit to his doctor confirmed that testicular cancer was the cause of his false-positive drug test.”

Click here to read more about how Jake came through cancer–twice, became a father and continues to compete at the top of his sport.  For additional details, click here.