MADISON, February 6, 2014 — It was revealed yesterday that former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling has been diagnosed with cancer. The family has opted to keep many of the details to themselves for the time being.
Schilling was supposed to appear on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight as a studio analyst this year, but that is now uncertain.
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The Schilling’s have battled cancer before as Curt’s wife Shonda battled stage 2 malignant melanoma after she was diagnosed in 2001. Schilling released a statement through ESPN stating, “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.”
Curt Schilling enjoyed a 20-year MLB career with the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Boston Red Sox, compiling a 216-146 record, a 3.46 ERA and 3,116 strikeouts. Schilling rose to the occasion when it mattered most with an 11-2 record good for the highest winning percentage, .846, of any MLB with ten or more decisions.
Schilling’s statement went on to say, “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.”