Former Phillies, Diamondbacks and Red Sox World Series hero Curt Schilling has announced that he is battling cancer.
“I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges,” Schilling said in a statement. “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,” Schilling continued.
“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.”
In December, ESPN announced that Schilling would be included as part of their Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team. It’s not known as yet how this diagnosis will affect those plans.