Former Dodgers player Steve Garvey had cancer surgery after being diagnosed with prostate cancer, he announced via press release on Friday. Now he is focusing on prostate cancer awareness and feels cautiously optimistic about his own recovery. The Los Angeles Times shared the details on Feb. 22.
Steve Garvey's cancer surgery took place last October, a month after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His father also went through prostate cancer, but lived for many years after his initial diagnosis. Garvey says that he isn't ready to declare he's entirely out of the woods, but he is hopeful.
The former Dodger is working on expanding awareness of prostate cancer, and he is putting some personal baseball items up for auction. Garvey says that 70 percent of the proceeds will go toward prostate cancer awareness. Items include his MVP trophy, his 1981 World Series ring and his 1974 Gold Glove award. He notes he is keeping some items from his career to pass on to his children, but it seems he's determined to make as much of an impact on raising awareness as he can.
Fans hope that Steve Garvey's cancer surgery and recovery provides him the opportunity to continue on for many more years. Many will be curious to check out his auction, as it seems he has some incredible baseball memorabilia he is selling with the proceeds going to a fantastic cause.