2018 Rose Parade: First pitch symbolizes new beginning for Division 1 baseball player
November 28, 2017 | by Denise Heady
For the 46th year in a row, City of Hope will participate in the Tournament of Roses Parade. This year, 10 patients will welcome 2018 atop City of Hope’s Rose Parade float. The float, themed "Transforming Lives with Hope" adds a deeper dimension to the parade’s theme of “Making a Difference.”
Here, we meet float rider Chad Bible, a 21-year-old college student and Division 1 baseball player at San Diego State University.
When 21-year-old college student Chad Bible found out he had Hodgkin lymphoma in January 2017, he wasn’t worried about dying. In fact, he was confident he would beat the disease. Nevertheless, he couldn’t help but be disappointed with the fact that he would have to miss the 2017 baseball season at San Diego State University.
“Even if I was told I only had a 5 percent chance of living, I was confident I would survive,” said Bible. “The cancer diagnosis was more of a heartbreak for baseball. I worked really hard in the fall, had a starting position in the outfield and then was told I was not going to be able to play that year. It wasn’t until later on that it kind of set in that I was about to go through something pretty difficult.”
Bible had six rounds of chemotherapy and 12 infusions scheduled. Then he did something he didn’t think was possible: He played in the 2017 baseball season.
He got the good news during a game against California State University, Long Beach.
“I didn’t expect my coach to put me in and I got a double down the line, but I tried to turn it into a triple because what did I have to lose?”
Today, Bible is in a complete remission and ready to start the 2018 baseball season in February.
To help kick off his journey back to Division 1 play, Bible threw out the ceremonial first pitch with his physician, Stephen J. Forman, M.D., the Francis & Kathleen McNamara Distinguished Chair in Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation and director of the T cell Therapeutics Research Laboratory, at Dodger Stadium during City of Hope’s annual ThinkCure! Weekend.
The annual event celebrates courageous cancer patients and survivors, and pays tribute to the hard-working health care professionals and researchers dedicated to supporting them. To date, ThinkCure! has raised more than $2 million to help support research grants, setting the stage for medical breakthroughs.
“For nearly a decade, City of Hope scientists and researchers have benefited from the funding raised by Dodger fans during ThinkCure! weekend,” said Forman. “Together, Dodger fans and City of Hope have set the stage for groundbreaking medical advances to help more patients."
One of those patients being Bible.
“Throwing the first pitch at the Dodger game was just an icing on the cake after the long journey,” said Bible. “I felt like I was turning a page when I made that pitch. Like I was leaving cancer behind. I beat it and now it was time to move on.”
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