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Former major leaguer Dravecky brings his message to the Cedar Valley

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -  Former Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky brought his message of inspiration to the Cedar Valley on Monday night.

Dravecky spoke at an event put on by the Eastern Iowa Fellowship of Christian Athletes..

The former major leaguer was diagnosed with cancer in his pitching arm in the late 80's. After taking a year off from the game, Dravecky made his comeback in 1989, pitching a 4-3 win in his return to baseball.

His second game, however, is the one he's most remembered for. Dravecky's arm snapped in two places during the course of a pitch, ending his career in baseball.

His arm was later amputated to keep the cancer from spreading. He now spends his life inspiring people in how his faith has helped him overcome his many challenges.

I couldn't see myself doing anything else. I look at the journey that I've been on and the story that God's been writing, called my life, and baseball was just the platform to set the stage for what I'm doing now,” says Dravecky, “There was something a whole lot bigger going on in my life than being a baseball player.”

Dravecky has taken his message across the country starting 23 years ago in 1991.
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