Back in 1989, Dave Dravecky was on top of the world and at the top of his game.
Dravecky was cancer-free and making a comeback in his baseball career.
Then as Dravecky was pitching a game against Montreal, his arm snapped in half in what became known as the pitch heard round the world.
That injury led Dravecky to learn his cancer had returned. He would eventually have his arm amputated to prevent the cancer from spreading.
“Without baseball, I wouldn’t be here. So obviously baseball plays a very big part in this story,” says Dravecky. “However, when you compare the two. If you just separate them out and compare the two, there’s nothing like what I do today.”
And what Dravecky does today is inspire others through motivational speeches. He was recently the guest speaker at Trinity Christian School’s annual fundraiser.
“Not only is it just a great story of perseverance and triumph but you combine that with how God allowed him to persevere and it’s an easy choice for us,” says Wade Nelson, Williston Trinity Christian School’s director of development.
Dravecky has found a new career and new purpose in sharing his story of perseverance. And he has one message he hopes to convey to those who hear his story.
“It is not what we do that matters the most. It is who we are,” says Dravecky.
While he was a baseball champion, one of Dravecky’s greatest victories may have been beating cancer.
He now has a non-profit organization to spread his message and offer hope to those battling cancer and depression. For more information, visit www.endurance.org