Cancer survivors Liam Hendriks, Carlos Carrasco meet pediatric patients, share stories of encouragement

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Chicago White Sox reduction pitch Liam Hendriks was identified with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in January. In April, he introduced he was most cancers free and finally returned to the pitching mound.

New York Mets pitcher Carlos Carrasco beat persistent myelogenous leukemia in 2019 when he was a member of the Cleveland Guardians. This week, Hendriks and Carrasco are in opposing dugouts, however the most cancers survivors will perpetually be part of the identical inspiring staff.

The massive league pitchers teamed as much as host pediatric most cancers sufferers from Cohen Kids’s Medical Middle at Citi Discipline. The particular friends visited the Queens ballpark as a part of Carrasco’s “Cookie’s Youngsters” program.


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Liam Hendriks of the Chicago White Sox acknowledges the group throughout participant introductions previous to the 92nd MLB All-Star Sport at Dodger Stadium on July 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Daniel Shirey/MLB Images by way of Getty Pictures)

“It was very nice,” Carrasco informed “He came visiting, and he needed to do that. There’s lots of people who can see that [and realize] if we are able to make it, they’ll make it, too.”

The youngsters have been proven across the ballpark and given entry to usually off-limits areas, such because the dugout and bullpen. They met with Hendriks and Carrasco to listen to their encouraging tales of beating most cancers.


The youngsters additionally obtained lunch, giveaways and tickets to a future Mets sport.

“The one factor I at all times try to stress is: You’re not alone,” Hendriks stated. “Attain out, discuss to individuals. Don’t be nervous about speaking to a therapist. Don’t be nervous about speaking to individuals about it. You take away the stigma of the phrase ‘most cancers.’ The extra you discuss it, the lighter you begin feeling. It takes that weight off of you.”

Hendriks, a three-time MLB All-Star from Australia, has been on the injured checklist since June 11 with proper elbow irritation. The 34-year-old threw some pitches off the mound at Citi Discipline throughout a simulated sport as he continues to rehabilitate his injured elbow.

Carlos Carrasco pitches during a Mets game

Carlos Carrasco of the New York Mets delivers a pitch towards the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Discipline on July 6, 2023, in Phoenix. (Norm Corridor/Getty Pictures)

Hendriks had a cortisone shot final month and was scheduled for a PRP injection. Each have been cleared by his oncologist. He talked about that chemotherapy remedies might have performed a task in his harm.

Carrasco missed three months of the 2019 MLB season after his leukemia prognosis. He returned to the mound and pitched for Cleveland.

Liam Hendriks in the dugout

Liam Hendriks of the Chicago White Sox appears to be like on from the dugout earlier than a sport towards the New York Yankees on June 8, 2023, in New York. (Elsa/Getty Pictures)

Hendriks stated the tales that the pediatric most cancers sufferers shared deeply resonated with him.


“It was nice in the present day, having the ability to discuss to him about his stuff, what he went by means of and type of relate the tales,” Hendriks informed reporters.

“After which to listen to a few of the children discuss their remedy plans and all the pieces, it’s at all times actually cool. It takes the sting off. … You’re making an attempt to take away the stigma of going by means of remedy and never having the ability to discuss it.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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