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Dave Dravecky      

Former Professional Baseball Player; Cancer Survivor, Arm Amputee & Author of "Comeback"

Dave Dravecky’s story is one of hope, courage and perseverance in the midst of dark and overwhelming uncertainty. In 1988, Dravecky was at the top of his game and life. Not only did he have a wonderful family but he was reaching his all-star peak playing the game of his childhood dreams. His 5-1 opening day victory over the Dodgers was overshadowed later that fall by the discovery of cancer and the removal of half of the deltoid muscle in his pitching arm. For baseball fans worldwide, Dravecky etched his name into history on August 10, 1989. Defying all odds, after battling cancer in his pitching arm, Dravecky came back to pitch once again in the Major Leagues. People were on their feet cheering and anticipating the game while he stretched and warmed up. He became an inspiration not only to cancer fighters, but to all who needed hope that day.

As Dravecky took the mound, no one could deny the miracle that was taking place. After being told by his doctors, Short of a miracle, youll never pitch again, Dravecky pitched a 4-3 win for the San Francisco Giants. Sadly, Draveckys comeback was short-lived. Five days later, in Montreal, Dravecky threw the pitch that could be heard round the world. Draveckys arm had split in two. As he tumbled to the ground, his mind filled with doubt and fear. Little did he know that the dream he had since he was a little boy, was simply a platform for his purpose to share hope with the suffering around the world.

Dravecky's triumphant defeat of the cancer and his return to the game of baseball is chronicled in his award winning book, Comeback, which has sold more than 650,000 copies. After Dravecky’s comeback and fall from the mound, with the weakened bone, the cancer returned yet again. Dravecky decided to retire from his dream, the game of baseball, in November of 1989.

Slowly the treatment and cancer ate away Draveckys' arm and simultaneously his career. Radiation treatment after radiation treatment resulted in a staph infection that placed a hole in the middle of his arm exposing the bone. Finally, the arm along with Dravecky's shoulder blade and left side of his collar bone had to be amputated for fear cancer would spread and take Dravecky's life. In the book, When You Can't Comeback, written with his wife, Jan, Dravecky describes his loss. Dravecky continues to examine the impact of the amputation on his life in his book, The Worth of a Man.

Because of the overwhelming response to their story and their desire to walk alongside others who suffer, Dravecky and Jan founded Dave Dravecky's Outreach of Hope, a nonprofit organization in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Draveckys realized through their own experiences that one cannot battle cancer alone, so they created this ministry to bring hope for those who hurt.

Dravecky is in great demand as a speaker with a story that reaches all age groups, his messages range from motivational to inspirational to evangelical. Dravecky genuinely relates through his own experiences with loss and suffering, and he powerfully inspires through the encouragement he gathered from the faith and hope he discovered along his journey.

Speech Topics


Realizing Your Dream

Surviving Cancer

Value of Relationship

Overcoming Adversity

Authentic Living

Faith

Importance of Being Part of a Team

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