Monday, September 15, 2008
Supporting the Stone Family.....
I received an email from Ms. Pote, the wife of current Lions star pitcher Lou Pote in regards to the current saga of ex-Lions pitcher and former ML'er Ricky Stone. Ricky was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor that was found to be malignant. I'll let Ms. Pote describe the current situation:
"I am writing to tell you about Ricky Stone. I'm not sure if this has made the papers here (in Taiwan) or not. Anyway, when Ricky was released (by the Lions) he went back home to Ohio. Shortly after, he collapsed and suffered a seizure. After tests were run it was found that he had a golf ball sized tumor on his brain. He underwent surgery August 22 to remove the tumor. 10% of it remains because it was too close to a vital part of his brain to be removed. At his first post-op appointment Ricky was told that the tumor is malignant. He has brain cancer. We are all shocked and saddened to hear of this horrible news.
Myself and Ms. Figueroa, whose husband Nelson played for the Lions last year, are organizing an auction to benefit the family. Ricky did not have insurance at the time of his seizure. He was covered under the team here in Taiwan and his wife, Tracey, was to start her teaching job on a Monday and the seizure happened the Thursday prior. Had it happened after Tracey started her job he would have had insurance. The whole situation is just tragic. We have received amazing support from the baseball community in regards to the auction. Ms. Figueroa is collecting the auction items at their home. We even have an Ichiro jersey! We are trying to get some CPBL players memorabilia as well.............The memorabilia is rolling in....David Ortiz jersey, Ken Griffey Jr. bat, Jim Thome bat. Great stuff! We will try, try, TRY to get something from Wang."
The auction is set to take place some time later this year (perhaps in November) once things are finalized- there will be a link to the auction on this blog, which will be hosted by the MLB online auction site. So please spread the word and support a worthy cause.