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John Hirschbeck, 59, testicular cancer survivor

Aug 20, 2014|

John Hirschbeck joined Mikey Adams and Joe Castiglione. John is an MLB umpire who was diagnosed with a form of testicular cancer described as treatable by Dr. Stephen Jones of the Cleveland Clinic, causing Hirschbeck, who had missed the entire 2008 season following back surgery, to miss the remainder of the 2009 season as well. After the tumor was removed via orchidectomy, the cancer was given a 10 percent chance of recurrence, and Hirschbeck returned for the 2010 season. After working a reduced schedule in 2011 due to back pain, Hirschbeck's cancer returned and he missed the 2012 MLB season.[11] His last contest before returning to umpiring's disabled list was Game 162 of the 2011 regular season between the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles. In August 2012, Hirschbeck advised he was again cancer-free and made plans to returned in 2013.

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The work of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute something that Joseph Castiglione was a hall favored Red Sox off tape knows everything about his bid to win this. Jimmy -- stuff for obvious say thirty. Three years why yes Gary Coleman introduce me to of course as the kiwi -- -- -- plug that Red Sox radio and then. Now -- -- and who. Get vacated his life to the Jimmy -- Lincoln brought -- here in 1983. Worked with him as a volunteer for a long time and when. He retired did feel just a small part of his role the Jimmy Fund and it. It's been a labor of love every sense and they meet so many wonderful people. They hear so many stories of success but also to feel some of the pain. The losses that. So many of suffered and someone whom we dealt with personally to Jason leader story -- Mo Vaughn and so many others like to assure that it touched all of us and good to see the progress it is heartwarming and it makes adds to the purposeful most of what we do. And of the work does is stop Dana Farber is solid we'd say well last year we got X amount abilities doesn't -- -- overnight -- well. -- no it's not over till nobody dies from cancer. Nobody loses a loved one over cancers so that's exactly it'd take chances were brought here here about 877738. 1234. Now we've vote. Some of you are familiar with an item that did Joseph is in particular the story of Major League umpire John -- -- and we have him on the line witness right now to woods and his perspective to the battle against cancer. John how are you. I'm doing great guys and you know what that was the last couple minutes and got a couple that -- you you're doing really good job yours. Selling the cause very well and really outstanding. And Jack you -- in the replay yet both tonight the New York. It was -- just got back a few minutes ago I government data and sound for a couple days and so we just got back of the room we're here relaxing so you gotta go to New York when you do that John. Yes everything. Every game in the country comes to who are here in New York. You know -- actually had some of them maybe I'm a little bit provocative or when it comes to this -- As a Red Sox fan I have a little bit of a difficult time thinking that every single decision -- -- game comes on the New York City. I is there any -- the New York people don't miss it at you're exactly where your goal. That's not the Connecticut guy like you and me -- -- -- Stratford you're Yankee or Red Sox -- -- Stratford. I've just you know what I. I can say despite the diehard Yankee. I've been doing that so long had -- -- -- or what yet. And our job is in Youngstown Ohio or Poland Ohio outside the Youngstown -- But did John it's been such trying. Several years for you work. This year we were so sad because we only your son Michael who is. In his late twenties and did. Suffered for a long time -- with a rare brain disorder and was brought so many so much joy to so many people it was so close to Terry Francona Iran -- higher. Worked as a -- And you lost him a couple of months ago which was -- of the year. Awful family tragedy but everything you've been through with two can't -- yourself and and a broken kneecap the sidelines you. I don't know how you pull through to do all these things you've done but you have to be a man very very strong faith and world. Well thank you and and you know and what you -- about Michael so fortunate that that was. -- 27 years and and because of the game of baseball. And the Red Sox being a big part of that and I can really say that. You know people think here. When Terry was there and now with John it's just it's that made his life very record reductions and he -- for it and you know as far as I go away just you know you just say this is the they have got they'll be taken -- Ayman. It would chapter series of Cambodia. You know friends and loved ones and likes to go on. And you had cancer twice prostate and and then at that. In near fifties which is rare testicular cancer. Yeah -- actually actually the prospect was the that was a really bad here they are right he would. Protesting here in New York what I was doing the Yankees series and they and they are the prostate awareness. And it came very close but it turned out not to be it two times I can't there was. I had testicular cancer had one of my testicles removed and the doctors -- you know chances are -- hematoma. That it would not come -- less than 5% but it did it would be as treatable and as it is now -- So the year after years later it did come back. 5% just wouldn't dissuade him there and that's what I had to go through Keeneland and the subtleties in two years ago. Now there have been other guys of note in the world of sports that have had to -- -- -- I believe it John John -- and of course the bike racer. Where are restless are -- at how quickly we forget you know the greatest and retire. No way I had the exact same kind that he did and I'm not sure -- -- John John also at a but I and I know that mine was the same as Lance Armstrong at. -- detective like in his case it was in it was -- body including its brains so. Obviously it's it's. There's no good cancer but no one that is very treatable came -- so heavy work -- people -- early. What -- he will be watching for as a sign that the you know because they talk about breast cancer 90% curable is detected early enough. And the various forms of cancer have all these different numbers attached to them what at what point did do men normally had to have something that indicates to them that they should. Have that checked. Well it's more rare in guys that are older it's more common in in young man. You know like anything. Maybe it's it's it's not gonna happen as much but -- you know. The way you certainly get your prospects -- once a year something I would suggest that you know. You you get that checked. Whatever -- up of doctors and and you know just to be aware of it and make sure you get it checked once a year despite the -- -- -- January to Fenway for so many years including the World Series it was the crew chief for the 2013. World Series. And we saw you coming in the ballpark that night there with your son Michael and the other umpires and it is it was just so great that you can be part of that that because of our friendship. I know you don't take sides in it but it was certainly. I thought. Fitting that you could work bad series being one of the best umpires in the game. And the -- was absolutely sensational season. Gift of the season for the Boston Red -- especially after what happened -- Boston's strong and and the marathon. So little. Absolutely it was. We always take network's sister in ways but after what happened in Boston you know that early -- summit year and then. -- for what happened in the World Series. To have that kind of the year it was it was special then. And it was like four World Series but if it made it means being there with my side and my wife the girls and just. It being up there Boston a city I've I've loved it's one of -- probably is my favorite -- city in the country to go to. It was a lot to do really well. The -- yeah you know all about you came in. It became into the ballpark of many times you saw the Jimmy Fund science you know and it's all about. Course of course about it giant epic organization and the group date to. -- John you're obviously a man of strength and you know -- side of the things you had to go through but we admire all that you you know -- that you gave it a step up the -- -- tonight rust but in general is an inspiration people. Had to deal with cancers you know mine I would like to ask you aren't enough primary question from left field. Sure and that's what people think I'm aware -- I suggest this but I -- I thought was this to make the umpires jobs easier. How much of Portland in -- bar codes to check out your groceries and yet it YouTube that they scan your groceries and it -- How about a little sensor in the baseball at a strike zone. You know -- sensor so that you guys just get his list for the -- you know it's a strike okay no beep it's a ball clinic. You know what -- I I'm not gonna laugh at anything and in forty years who knows but for right now you have -- purple -- or judgment. It back. How about every player cannot let -- work in the vote. You think it's good. I do and I think this is the direction that. People in our country wanted it's and other sports and I know that. From everything I've not met a single person who does that mean aren't really don't like -- -- I don't want a soap and the system has worked out very well also for so. You know it. Sometimes when will we get new things in this world and you know you can be like normal but this but but I I I don't peers -- and I think it's good thing. We get used to it was John thanks a lot for a for joining us here on the on the Jimmy Fund radio telethon we are prayers for your continued health. And -- and strength and and just thanks for joining us take care of yourself. Thank you -- are being here in the -- keep up the great work thank you so much I'm -- great Major League umpire to create.

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