Curt Schilling, a former Major League Baseball All-Star and World Series MVP, has been diagnosed with cancer.
The ex-pitcher and current ESPN analyst released a statement yesterday that reads:
“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 [Schilling’s wife] 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.”
At the moment, Schilling has chosen not to reveal the type of cancer from which he's suffering.
Schilling played for the Phillies, Diamondbacks and Red Sox, winning three World Series titles during a 20-year playing career.
He joined ESPN as a studio analyst in 2010 and was selected to be part of the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team this season.
In his statement, the respected hurler remembered a few words of wisdom he received from his father, who passed away when Schilling was 21.
“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,’ ” he said. “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.”