It could not have been easy for Reds third base coach Mark Berry to address the team on Sunday morning and announce that he has cancer. Unfortunately, though, that’s what the circumstances dictated, and Berry handled the task with incredible strength and a positive tone as he stated he fully intends to defeat the disease and return to his post as quickly as possible.
Here’s more from the Cincinnati Enquirer’s C. Trent Rosecrans:
“I have cancer,” Berry told reporters after the team meeting. “I know it sounds bad, the word cancer, but there are plenty of people in this clubhouse that have had it and I know people around the game who have beaten it. My sister had it and beat it. That part hasn’t bothered me.”
The cancer is on his tonsil and two lymph nodes on the left side of his neck. PET scans show it has not spread anywhere else, according to doctors. Berry has yet to decide between surgery or radiation and will stay with the team in Arizona over the next week before returning to Cincinnati with the team on Saturday.
It’s tough news to hear, but it sounds like Berry has a positive prognosis since the cancer was caught at an early stage and has not spread. He also has a great attitude, which is equally important in taking on and overcoming the new challenge in front of him. And, as he mentioned, he has a wonderful support system around him.
That includes manager Dusty Baker, who’s a prostate cancer survivor .
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