The former Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres player, Steve Garvey had cancer surgery. According to the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 22, Garvey has been battling prostate cancer and was diagnosed September 2012.
Garvey had his prostate removed at the UCLA Medical Center in October after being diagnosed the month before. He now had plans to devote a lot of time to prostate cancer awareness.
Garvey even made an announcement in a press release that he was auctioning several items and 70% of the proceeds would go to prostate cancer awareness. Some items listed to go on auction on April 10 are his MVP trophy, 1981 World Series ring, his 1974 Gold Glove award, the bat he used to hit the 1984 walk-off homer for the Padres in the Game 4 of the NL championship series and several other baseball items.
Steve Garvey said he felt he was thrown a curveball by God. It definitely got his attention. Garvey’s father was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 64. Even though Steve Garvey had cancer surgery and had his prostate removed, he still feels he would not declare he is out of the woods yet with cancer. Fans hope he will recover and stay cancer free. It is great to see a celebrity turn a bad thing into a good thing by promoting awareness for prostate cancer.