Sometimes you need to be reminded how much just being alive is something to appreciate. Yesterday at the MPINCC Professional Education Program held at the Westin San Francisco Airport, former Major League Baseball Pitching Great and San Francisco Giant Dave Dravecky spoke about his experience in a presentation entitled The Worth of a Man.
For those that aren’t familiar with Dravecky’s story, he was a pitcher for the Giants in the late 80s (when I first became a Giants fan!), and was a dominant lefty who got cancer in his throwing arm and then beat it to come back.
However, after his comeback he endured a terrible injury snapping his throwing arm in two while pitching against the Montreal Expos. In his own words: “After my comeback and fall from the mound, the cancer returned, yet again. The arm refused to get better so I decided to retire from my dream, the game of baseball, in November of 1989. Finally, the arm along with my shoulder blade and the left side of my collarbone had to be amputated for fear the cancer would spread and take my life. Little did I know that the loss of my childhood dream would become a platform to share hope with the suffering around the world.”