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38 Studios’ Founder Curt Schilling Diagnosed with Cancer

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Multiple World Series champion, avid gamer and failed game producer Curt Schilling has been diagnosed with cancer.

In a statement released to ESPN, Schilling’s current employer, the former Philadelphia Phillie, Arizona Diamondback and Boston Red Sox pitcher announced his diagnosis. “I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges,” Schilling said in a statement. “We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer.”

Schilling is currently part of the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team, though it’s unclear at this time how the diagnosis will affect him during the upcoming season. After he formally retired from professional baseball a few years ago, Schilling, an avid gamer, tried his hand at game development. Along with investors and the likes of R.A. Salvatore and Todd McFarlane, 38 Studios released just one game, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. The game’s lack of success led to financial ruin for the studio, as well as Schilling, who lost millions of his own invested money on the gambit. The state of Rhode Island is still in a legal battle over loans given to the studio that will likely never be repaid.

“My father left me with a saying that I’ve carried my entire life and tried to pass on to our kids: ‘Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.’ Over the years in Boston, the kids at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have shown us what that means,” Schilling added. “With my incredibly talented medical team, I’m ready to try and win another big game. I’ve been so very blessed and I feel grateful for what God has allowed my family to have and experience, and I’ll embrace this fight just like the rest of them, with resolute faith and head on.”

Schilling ended his MLB career with a 216-146 and a 3.46 ERA. He won a World Series with Arizona and two with Boston, and made it to the 1993 championship with the Phillies, though that team fell short of the ultimate prize. He had survived a previous heart attack and previous cancer scare just a few years ago.

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