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Former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling has announced that he has been diagnosed with cancer.
The announcement was made through a statement sent to ESPN, in which Schilling says, "I've always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges."
He continued, "We've been presented with another challenge, as I've recently been diagnosed with cancer."
Schilling's wife, Shonda, also had to deal with cancer, as she was diagnosed in 2001 with stage 2 malignant melanoma. Schilling himself also had a heart attack three years ago, which required the placement on a stent in an artery.
The former pitcher noted in the statement, "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.'"
According to The Hollywood Reporter, there has been no mention yet if the cancer diagnosis will interfere with plans to join ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball later this year. The 47-year-old had signed a multi-year contract late last year.
ESPN notes Schilling spent 20 seasons in the MLB where he was named an All-Star six times and his win-loss record is 216-146. He has 3,116 strikeouts, which place him 15th on the all time strikeouts list. He played for several different teams during his career, including the Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and others.