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BREAKING: Curt Schilling Announces Cancer Diagnosis

February 5th, 2014 at 5:50 PM
By Ron Juckett

'What Number are the Sox, Curt?' photo (c) 2007, Eric Kilby - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling revealed in a statement Wednesday night he has been diagnosed with an unspecified form of cancer.

“I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges. We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer. Shonda and I want to send a sincere thank you and our appreciation to those who have called and sent prayers, and we ask that if you are so inclined, to keep the Schilling family in your prayers.

“My father left me with a saying that I’ve carried my entire life and tried to pass on to our kids: ‘Tough times don’t last, tough people do.’ Over the years in Boston, the kids at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have shown us what that means. With my incredibly talented medical team I’m ready to try and win another big game. I’ve been so very blessed and I feel grateful for what God has allowed my family to have and experience, and I’ll embrace this fight just like the rest of them, with resolute faith and head on.”

- Thank you,
The Schillings

 

Schilling, 48, is slated to work ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball package this season. The former ace of the Sox also was a dominant pitcher for both the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks, earning a ring in the desert with Arizona in 2001.

Schilling has been touched by cancer before as his wife Shonda is a melanoma survivor. Schilling also suffers from heart disease, telling the Boston Globe he suffered a mild heart attack attending the New York City Marathon in 2011.

We will update you with the latest as we get it.

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