You may think that being taken in the 13th round of the Major League Baseball draft makes the odds of becoming a major league roster tough.
For Cubs outfielder Tony Campana, those odds are nothing compared to having Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. When he was just seven years old, Campana was diagnosed with the cancer and had treatment until he was eight at the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.
Because he was so young, he didn’t quite know what was going on. Campana knew he was quite ill and the love and support from family and friends were instrumental in his recovery. He has been in remission and was declared cancer-free ten years after his treatment. He believes his fight with cancer gave him the strength to deal with the struggles of playing in the majors. “It made me who I am today," he said. "People say I am too small or don’t hit enough so I keep fighting to show what I can do.”