Sunday, January 25, 2009
2008 Hutch Award
On Wednesday my work (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center) awarded the annual Hutch Award to Red Sox pitcher, and my former high school classmate - Jon Lester!
The Hutch Award was established in 1965 to honor baseball great Fred Hutchinson, who died of cancer the previous year at age 45. This prestigious award is given annually to a Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies "Hutch's" fighting spirit and competitive desire.
I got to go to the luncheon and what made it extra exciting was that some of the teachers, administrators and former Bellarmine Prep classmates were there to support Jon. And what made it really special was that Jon was successfully treated here at the SCCA and is now cancer-free! What a great statement that even after a cancer diagnosis, he could go on to be a successful (and World Series champion) major league pitcher!