Former MLB Pitcher Jim Corsi Dies After Cancer, Actress Brittany Daniel Uses Twin as Surrogate and More

From former Boston Red Sox pitcher Jim Corsi’s death after cancer to how “Sweet Valley High” actress Brittany Daniel’s unique experience after cancer caused pregnancy difficulties, here’s what’s happening in the cancer landscape this week.

Former MLB pitcher Jim Corsi died after facing colon and liver cancer.

Jim Corsi, a former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox died at age 60 this week, after dealing with stage 4 liver cancer and colon cancer.

He had recently shared the news of his late-stage diagnosis in an interview with Steve Burton from WBZ, a radio station in Boston.

“I’m at peace,” Corsi told Burton. “I know if I die, I’m going to a better place. That’s the No. 1 thing. I feel sorry for everybody I’ll leave behind.”

He also urged people to get screened for colorectal cancer.

“Don’t be stupid. I was a professional athlete. I thought I was invincible, you know what I mean, strong. And you’re not. Cancer is not prejudiced to anybody.”

Burton shared the news of Corsi’s death in a tweet on Tuesday morning, in which he wrote, “Way to finish strong Jim. Rest in peace my friend. We love you.”

The Red Sox also paid tribute to Corsi through a statement from CEO Sam Kennedy.

“We were saddened to hear of Jim’s passing after his courageous battle with cancer,” Kennedy said. “Jim’s heart was so big and full of love that his legacy goes far beyond his playing career and World Series Championship. The affection he showed his family, this region, and every fan he encountered was incomparable.”

Though he started his career elsewhere, Corsi pitched for the Red Sox from 1997-1999.

BBC broadcaster George Alagiah said that cancer may ‘get’ him in the end.

George Alagiah, a BBC news presenter who was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in April 2014, recently discussed the state of his health in a conversation with fellow journalist Craig Oliver.

He shared that while his cancer is growing slowly and is under control, he doesn’t believe he will be able to get rid of it.

“My doctor’s very good at every now and again hitting me with a big red bus full of drugs, because the whole point about cancer is it bloody finds a way through and it gets you in the end,” Alagiah said.

In October, the presenter had announced that he was taking time off to deal with further cancer spread. Since his diagnosis, the disease has spread to his lungs, liver and lymph nodes.

“Probably … it will get me in the end. I’m hoping it’s a long time from now, but I’m very lucky,” he said, according to the Guardian.

“Sweet Valley High” actress Brittany Daniel faced difficulties becoming pregnant after undergoing chemotherapy. So, she used her twin sister as a surrogate.

Brittany Daniel, known for her role on “Sweet Valley High,” welcomed her daughter Hope into the world in October 2021. The journey was unique, as Daniel had some help from her twin sister, Cynthia.

Daniel had undergone treatment for stage 4 Hodgkin lymphoma and was told her egg reserve was diminished from six months of intensive chemotherapy. Her identical twin sister decided to donate her eggs for Daniel, but three attempts at in vitro fertilization were unsuccessful.

"I thought I might have to wrap my head around not being a mom in this lifetime," she told People. "I fought so hard to get there, and I was so scared it wasn't going to happen."

However, the couple turned to surrogacy as another option. Daniel’s sister once again helped out by being the surrogate.

"The entire room was bawling because they just all knew what we had been through,” she said about the baby’s birth.

A fan spotted an NHL team staff member’s melanoma.

When Vancouver Canucks assistant equipment manager Brian “Red” Hamilton was standing in front of the glass window at a game in Seattle, a fan sitting behind him knocked on the window with an urgent message to him.

She typed out a message on her phone to hold up and tell him that he should get a mole on the back of his neck checked out.

Hamilton decided to take the advice from the fan — Nadia Popovici — and the mole she was concerned about turned out to be a malignant melanoma. He enlisted the help of the social media community to find her name so he could personally thank her.

"I'm trying to find a very special person and I need the hockey community's help," the Canucks account wrote on Twitter.

The account shared a post written by Hamilton, in which he said that the woman changed his life and that it would be forever etched into his brain.

"Your instincts were right and that mole on the back of my neck was a malignant melanoma and thanks to your persistence and the quick work of our doctors, it is now gone,” he said.

Popovici was quickly found — as her mother came across the post — and the two had an emotional meeting in person in which they hugged.

At a game on Saturday, Popovici was surprised with a $10,000 scholarship award from the Canucks and the Seattle Kraken.

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