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Curt Schilling announces he has cancer

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  February 5, 2014 05:50 PM

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Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling announced he has been diagnosed with cancer.

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

Schilling recently signed an extension as a broadcaster for ESPN. He played 20 seasons in Major League Baseball, contributing to two Red Sox World Series titles in 2004 and 2007.

ESPN didn’t elaborate on what Schilling will do for the network this upcoming season after being tabbed for its “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast.

“Our thoughts are with Curt and his family during this challenging time,” an ESPN statement read. “His ESPN teammates wish him continued strength in his cancer fight and we look forward to welcoming him back to our baseball coverage whenever he’s ready.”

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