Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 7/2/13
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. It was a night to give thanks but also prepare for unknowns. There were many then. At the home of Melanie McCauleys family in La Crescenta, Calif., a commitment was made, love promised.About 30 of McCauleys closest family and friends, including her long-time boyfriend, Tampa Bay Rays reliever Cesar Ramos, were present for an intimate dinner. This was Nov. 10, 2012, 16 days after she was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma.Ramos friend, a chef and caterer, had prepared some of McCauleys favorite items for the occasion: sea bass, grilled vegetables, clam chowder in small bread bowls. Soon, her life would include chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Her family and friends offered comfort that the path ahead would not be lived alone.In time, McCauleys father, Larry, addressed the group. Then Ramos did the same. The pitcher became emotional, trying to find the right words for his love.Ramos turned to Larry, who reached into his pocket. Out came the engagement ring. R...
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