Jon Lester was blindsided when he was diagnosed with cancer, which is always devastating… and yet, he says the disease changed his life in really great ways. He also happens to be a pitcher in the MLB!
He is NOT saying that cancer itself is a positive thing, but if you can beat it, positive things can come from it! It brought him closer to his parents, and he was able to take in and understand love in new ways. The best thing, though, is how it made him tenacious in baseball and helping the world around him!
Here's what he said:
'When I recovered, the Red Sox told me I was going to head to Greenville, South Carolina, to get back in major league shape. Honestly, I wasn't happy. Once you make the majors it's never a great feeling to go back to the minors — no matter what the circumstances.
But I met an amazing young woman named Farrah Johnson there, and today she is my wife and (the best) mom to our son, Hudson. Who knows if I would have met her — the love of my life — if I had not had cancer?'
Talk about the positive outlook!
'When I hit the five-year cancer-free mark in 2011, two things happened: Farrah gave birth to our son and my dad was diagnosed with cancer. Thankfully, Dad is doing fine, but these life events caused me to think about how I should be giving back. I couldn't help thinking of how I would feel if Hudson had to go through what I or my dad had to deal with fighting cancer. I had visited hospitals on Red Sox trips and met a number of kids battling cancer. I knew from speaking with them that my experience mattered to these kids and that the words of encouragement helped.'
This is an incredible person, you guys! His words are so moving, his story is just incredible, and his urges to help others are some of the most heartwarming things we've ever heard! So he started a new campaign, one that motivates others to NEVER QUIT. It's called NVRQT!
It's both a campaign that supports kids in the fight against cancer and funds much needed research. Here's what he had to say about it:
'As I travel the country for away games, I meet kids fighting cancer in almost every city. They visit the ballpark, and I invite them onto the field so we can chat and then watch the game. I hope the little things I'm doing really make a difference to the kids in the battle today and the big fundraising events we're holding will minimize or cure pediatric cancer for the kids tomorrow.'
Everyone should be doing more — and you don't have to have had cancer to do so! Some amazing things came from Jon's pain and struggle, and the world is lucky that he had the strength to survive!
Go HERE if you want to help!
[Image via AP Images.]