Finding Hope in the Story of Former Dodger CEO Fred Claire’s battle with cancer – San Bernardino Sun

I’ve never been a sports enthusiast, but even I know the name Fred Claire. What I didn’t know was that the former Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager had been battling cancer since 2015.

The man who helped bring the Dodgers to the 1988 World Series championship approaches cancer the same way he approached baseball: He entered to win. That’s how he lived his life. If it’s worth doing, stick with it, whatever it takes.

In his book, “Extra Time” author Tim Madigan shows us what that means for Fred Claire. After a successful career that began as a sports writer and escalated to 30 years working for the Dodgers, Fred faced a life-threatening battle with deadly cancer. When the treatment at the City of Hope began to succeed, he devoted himself to raising money and raising awareness for the cancer research and treatment center. The Fred Claire Celebrity Golf Tournament continues to raise large sums for the City of Hope.

Fred and Sheryl Claire are both committed to doing what’s right and serving others. They want cancer patients to learn and benefit from the same quality of care as Fred received. Now 87 years old, he continues his mission, with his wife by his side.

Fred Claire holds his book, “Extra Time: Fred Claire’s Journey to the City of Hope and Finding the World Championship Team,” at his Pasadena office on July 15. Former vice president Dodgers executives were key in creating “Dodger blue” and “Think Brand Blue”. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

Cancer is a very personal topic for me. I have been on both sides of it, as a patient and as a wife who have watched this disease take its toll on the husband she loves. I know the power of two lovers fighting together. Fred and Sheryl Claire battled their cancer together.

When I see someone fighting cancer and getting ahead, like Fred did, I want to scream with joy and hug Fred and Sheryl and each member of the City of Hope medical team who have taken care of me. care for him. Another hug for Tim Madigan, whose words give life to hope about “Overtime.”

A quote from the book says that “Overtime” gives hope to cancer patients everywhere. It is also a love story that celebrates hope. A story so powerful that it made me want to ring the Book Lover’s doorbell and hand hugs.

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John Verrall

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