Ace Jon Lester Makes Pitch For Young Pal Fighting Cancer
"How was the cancer? Was it hard?"
The innocent question posed by a little boy named Zein Youseff came at Major League Baseball star Jon Lester like a line drive back to the mound, but he fielded it with the deft touch only a cancer survivor could muster.
"Was it hard?" Lester replied thoughtfully. "Yeah, it was hard. But you know, it was-- I think it helps you later, you know? Once it's over, nothing else holds you down."
The meeting between the 7-year-old Southern California boy, who is battling brain cancer, and the then-Boston Red Sox ace who had successfully fought his own cancer diagnosis and would go on to win a second World Series ring came more than a year ago on a very hot August afternoon at Dodger stadium. It forged a bond that has endured even as Lester continued on his path of baseball stardom and Zein bravely battled a series of setbacks, inspired by the diamond idol who always has time for him.
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