Curt Schilling, the big-game right-hander who won 216 games in 20 major-league seasons, has been diagnosed with cancer. Schilling released the following statement through ESPN, the network for which he serves as an MLB analyst:
"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,
What form of cancer Schilling is battling has not yet been disclosed. In 2001, Schilling's wife Shonda was diagnosed with stage-2 melanoma. Schilling has yet to say whether he'll be able to fulfill his duties for ESPN during the upcoming season.
Earlier this year, Schilling was named on 29.2 percent of BBWAA ballots in his second year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame.