When we first spoke with Hall of Fame Outfielder, Tony Gwynn, in June of this year, he was generously offering his time to help support and raise funds for breast cancer patients by participating in the Forman’s Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament. Phoebe Chongchua spoke to Gwynn just before the San Diego State baseball game in honor of Forman’s Foundation To Find A Cure. He took Phoebe Chongchua and our Live Fit Magazine news crew inside his office and showed off the pink caps the team would wear that night on the field to raise awareness about breast cancer. Founder of the organization, Mark Forman threw out the game’s opening pitch.
Today, we’re sad to learn that Gwynn announced recently that he is fighting his own battle. The San Diego Union Tribune and New York Times are reporting that Gwynn has cancer and had surgery to remove a tumor on the parotid gland–the largest of the salivary glands. Reports indicate that doctors for the 50-year old San Diego State baseball coach, caught the cancer early and that “there was not much of it there”.
Previously Gwynn had surgery to remove a parotid tumor in 1997 and again three years later but cancer was not found in those instances. Gwynn is being aggressive with his treatment. “Gwynn said he faces seven to eight weeks of five-day-a-week radiation treatments and once-a-week chemotherapy treatments,” according to a report on SignOn San Diego.
Gwynn believes his cancer may be linked to his years of chewing tobacco during his long baseball career with the Padres.
In this video, Live Fit Magazine’s Phoebe Chongchua talks with Tony Gwynn about baseball, coaching at SDSU, and raising money for breast cancer patients. Tony will be playing in the popular upcoming Celebrity Golf Tournament at Maderas Golf Club hosted by Forman’s Foundation To Find A Cure. Mark Forman started the foundation after his wife, Tracy, died from the disease in 2008. Today, the tournament in its second year attracts national sponsorships, acclaimed celebrities, and incredible volunteers who want to make a difference and find a cure. Mark throws out the opening pitch at the SDSU Pink Game.
Editors note: Our thoughts and prayers are with Tony and his family as he endures this treatment. We thank Tony for his support of Forman’s Foundation.