Originally written on The Show Speak  |  Last updated 3/26/12
TJ Simers of the LA Times featured Arizona Diamondbacks President/CEO Derrick Hall https://twitter.com/#!/DHallDbacks  inspiring battle with prostrate cancer. 


T.J. Simers/LA Times excerpt:

When he gets the call in September he has cancer he's with the team in San Diego. He takes a hotel notepad and writes down what he will miss in life, beginning with wife Amy.


"Can't look in Aim's beautiful eyes.

"Can't hear [daughter] Ky say, 'Daddy.'

"Can't pet the Deets [the family dog].

"Won't see how much [son] Logan looks like me.

"Won't see what [son] Hayden becomes.

"Won't lay next to Amy in bed.

"Won't get NY apartment [a husband and wife shared dream].

"Won't walk Ky down the aisle.

"Won't be great Commish.

"Can't comfort each other as empty nesters.

"Don't want Ky to cry every night about how she misses Daddy and then five years later saying, 'I don't remember Daddy.'"

He takes a breath. "That's horrifying," says D-Hall, returning the list to his pocket. "Until I'm cleared …"

When he first tells his kids, he already knows his grandfather has died of prostate cancer and his father is dying from pancreatic cancer. He worries for his 16- and 13-year-old sons.

His 10-year old daughter, Kylie, loses it. "She equates any cancer to what happened to her grandfather, and now this is going to happen to Daddy," he says.

He undergoes surgery at USC in November, a few days later his wife finds a message written in magic markers in their daughter's room:

"My Daddy is a cancer survivor. He will walk me down the aisle. Like he said."

Ky has underlined, "like he said," three times.
Read "Cancer doesn't change Derrick Hall's outlook on life" in it's entirety here.
Until Next Time,
Craig Turley @That_Dude_CT


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