Friday, May 13, 2011

Harmon Killebrew to End Cancer Battle

And now, an abnormally somber post.

Harmon Killeebrew, who's 11th on baseball's all-time home run list with 573, announced on Friday he plans to no longer fight his esophageal cancer. The 74-year-old Hall of Fame slugger won the American League MVP award in 1969 when the Twins won their division and lost to the Baltimore Orioles in the AL Championship Series.

Killebrew released a statement, jointly with the Minnesota Twins that, "It is with profound sadness that I Share with you that my continued battle with esophageal cancer is coming to an end." Killebrew went on further to say his cancer has been deemed incurable by his doctors.

It has been said Killebrew is one of the MLB's greatest sluggers while taking the mound. He enjoyed his regular stint in Fort Myers where he takes the role of guest instructor. Baseball allowed Killebrew to immerse himself in his passion and divert his attention from his treatment and disease.

Harmon Killebrew
The sadness of cancer is almost unbearable as we read about it infiltrating the bodies of those we don't know and live through it when the disease attacks those we do know. Killebrew is one of the greatest, and as a Twins fan my whole life, I keep him in my thoughts and wish he and his family the best as they go through this sad time. Cancer is an experience I wish on no one and can only hope the people I love never have to battle for their life the way cancer demands.

Please, keep Harmon Killebrew in your thoughts and remember him as one of the greatest sluggers who ever lived.

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