Liam Hendriks Hopes to Return to the MLB After Lymphoma Treatment, Stanley Tucci Reflects on Cancer Experience and More


From actress and journalist Maria Menounos opening up about her pancreatic diagnosis to the Pennsylvania governor signing a bill for free screenings, here’s what’s happening in the oncology space this week.

Delta Airlines employees dragged an airplane to raise money for cancer research.

Teams of employees from Delta Airlines employees and family members took turns dragging a 255,999-pound Boeing 757 a total of 25 feet to raise money for the American Cancer Society. In total, the event raised $1 million.

"When you're out there, the adrenaline is so crazy," Patti Schultz, a Delta performance manager and president of the company's cancer support group, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It's crazy to think you can pull a 757 jet, but it is exhilarating to do that."

Maria Menounos opened up about her pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

Maria Menounos speaking at the CURE® third annual GBM Heroes event in 2017.

Maria Menounos, who recently revealed a pancreatic cancer diagnosis, spoke at the CURE® third annual GBM Heroes event in 2017.

Maria Menounos, an actress and journalist who hosted “Extra” and “E! News” and was a correspondent for “Today” and “Access Hollywood” recently revealed that in January she was diagnosed with stage 2 pancreatic cancer.

Menounos, who had a benign brain tumor in 2017 and delivered the keynote address at CURE®’s third annual GBM Heroes event, underwent surgery to have a 3.9-cm tumor removed and is now hoping that other people will take charge of their health.

"I need people to know there are places they can go to catch things early," she said in an interview with “PEOPLE.” "You can't let fear get in the way. I had that moment where I thought I was a goner—but I'm OK because I caught this early enough."

Actor Stanley Tucci said his wife and sister-in-law helped him through cancer.

Stanley Tucci, who starred in movies such as “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Julie & Julia” and “The Hunger Games,” recently said that his wife, Felicity Blunt and his sister-in-law, Emily Blunt (who starred alongside him in the “Devil Wears Prada”) helped him through his experience with oropharyngeal cancer.

Tucci announced in 2021 that he had been diagnosed with the disease three years earlier, and underwent chemotherapy and radiation.

"I was so afraid, but Felicity was very insistent," he said in an interview with “Sunday Sitdown.” "I mean, they had to drag me, kicking and screaming, but now, I wouldn't be around if I hadn't done that (treatment)."

Pennsylvania governor signed a bill to provide free cancer screenings across the state.

Governor Josh Shapiro signed a bipartisan bill that would require insurers to completely cover breast and ovarian cancer screenings for patients with high risk for the diseases. The legislation passed in the House and Senate unanimously.

“This historic legislation is going to help women fight breast cancer and live healthier lives – and it would not have been possible without the courage, tenacity and bipartisan cooperation of Senate Pro Tempore Kim Ward and Speaker Joanna McClinton. I believe government can and should be a productive force for good – and this is a real example of the big things we can accomplish in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania when we work together,” Shapiro said in a statement.

MLB player, Liam Hendriks, completed cancer treatment and plans to return to the White Sox.

Liam Hendriks, a closing pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma earlier this year. He underwent treatment and is now in remission and plans to begin minor league rehab this weekend.

The 34-year-old said that he plans on returning to the White Sox in the coming weeks.

"I never looked at it as a 'why me’ thing?" Hendriks told reporters Wednesday. "I looked at as 'why not me?' I tend to have a more rosy perspective on life than gen pop, so that was my process behind it. 'I've got this. This is my next challenge.'"
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