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ESPN: Curt Schilling diagnosed with cancer

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BOSTON ( – ESPN baseball analyst and former major league pitcher Curt Schilling announced that he has cancer on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

Schilling, 47, pitched in the major leagues for 20 seasons. He helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2004 and ‘07.

"I've always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges," Schilling said in a statement released by ESPN. "We've been presented with another challenge, as I've recently been diagnosed with cancer."

His wife Shonda Schilling also battled cancer in 2001.

"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," Schilling said in his statement.

On Wednesday, the Boston Red Sox tweeted, "Sending heartfelt thoughts to Curt Schilling and his family during this difficult time."

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