Curt Schilling has cancer; ESPN analyst, former pitcher reveals diagnosis

ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling announced Wednesday that he has cancer, the sports network has revealed.

“I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges,” the former major league pitcher said in a statement. “We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer.”

ESPN did not say what Mr. Schilling’s broadcast plans will be for the upcoming season.

“Our thoughts are with Curt and his family during this challenging time,” the network said in a statement. “His ESPN teammates wish him continued strength in his cancer fight and we look forward to welcoming him back to our baseball coverage whenever he’s ready.”

Mr. Schilling recovered from a heart attack in November 2011. His wife, Shonda, also battled cancer after being diagnosed with stage 2 malignant melanoma in 2001, ESPN said.

“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,” Mr. Schilling said in his statement.

He added: “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.”

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