It has been announced that a member of Red Sox Nation, one who is more intimate with the team than most of us, has been diagnosed with lymphoma.
John Lester, father of Jon Lester, who threw a no-hitter at Fenway Park on May 19, was diagnosed with lymphoma in April of this year. While this is something that is difficult for anyone to experience, Jon's performance, both on the field and regarding his own health, is uplifting.
Jon was diagnosed with anaplastic large-cell lymphoma in 2006, and it was thought that his baseball career was over. Not only did he come back to the game, but he did it on the road in Cleveland, in impressive form. He threw 96 pitches over six innings, and had six strikeouts, the most important being Grady Sizemore. With the bases loaded, Lester protected a three-run lead, after Sizemore had already touched him up for a two-run blast earlier in the game.
And now with his most recent accomplishment, the 256th no-hitter in MLB history, he gives his father hope, faith, and encouragement that things can still be all right.
While Jon's cancer was aggressive, his father's is slower growing, and Jon is optimistic that his father's prognosis is a good one. "It is something he will die with, not from," said the 24 year old Tacoma, WA native, suggesting that the cancer, if properly and effectively treated, could be managed to the point that his father could live a full, pain-free life.
Lester has been involuntarily thrown into a situation where he had to endure an unimaginable amount of pain, but because of that, he can now be a better inspiration for his biggest fan: his father.