(WPRI) – Curt Schilling, the former major league pitcher and owner of defunct video game company 38 Studios, announced on Wednesday he has cancer, ESPN reports.
Schilling, 47, pitched in the major leagues for 20 seasons, including four years with the Boston Red Sox between 2004 and 2007.
Schilling’s 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy last June, less than two years after receiving a $75 million loan guarantee from the state’s Economic Development Corporation. The state has filed suit against Stokes, Schilling and other architects of the deal in an attempt to recoup the roughly $90 million taxpayers may be forced to pay to cover the loan.
He released a statement on Wednesday afternoon:
“I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges. We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer. 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.
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. 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.”