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Chicago Cubs: Jon Lester’s leadership is built on success and hardships

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Oct 30, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester (34) delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning in game five of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester (34) delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning in game five of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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His greatest victory

Baseball is just a game. Despite all the money at stake in this league, some players remind us what is really important.

Roughly two months following his debut, Lester was scratched from a start against Oakland. While conducting tests, Lester tested positive for a treatable form of Lymphoma. Cancer affects everyone on this planet whether directly or indirectly. Lester’s strength helped propel him to the next step.

Along with fellow Cub and cancer survivor Anthony Rizzo, the two do a great job bringing the fight to cancer.

As a fan, I will always be more impressed and inspired by their personal strength than with anything they do on the field. With that confidence comes the ability to face great challenges. I don’t believe the Cubs won because these men were owed something, but it was their shared journey that prepared them for any hardship they would endure.

Lester continues to be active in the community and works tirelessly to help in the research to defeat cancer.

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