Curt Schilling diagnosed with cancer

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Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling announced he is battling cancer Wednesday. Credit: Getty Images

Former Red Sox pitching great Curt Schilling announced Wednesday 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 released by his current employer, ESPN. “We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer.”

Schilling helped guide the Red Sox to two World Series victories, in 2004 and 2007, and was the World Series MVP in 2001 in getting the Diamondbacks their first World Championship. The righty went 216-146 in 20 MLB seasons with a 3.46 ERA and 3,116 strikeouts.

“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,’” Schilling said in the statement. “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.”

The statement did not reveal what type of cancer the 47-year-old Schilling has. His wife, Shonda, is a cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with melanoma.

This is not the first major health issue Schilling has had as the 20-year MLB veteran reportedly suffered a heart attack in 2011.


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