Dave 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. Dave 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.
Dave Dravecky’s story is one of hope, courage and perseverance in the midst of dark and overwhelming uncertainty. In 1988 Dave 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 Dave Dravecky etched his name into history on August 10, 1989. Defying all odds, after battling cancer in his pitching arm, Dave 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 Dave took the mound, no one could deny the miracle that was taking place. After being told by his doctors, “Short of a miracle, you’ll never pitch again,” Dave pitched a 4-3 win for the San Francisco Giants. Sadly, Dave’s comeback was short-lived. Five days later, in Montreal, Dave threw “…the pitch that could be heard round the world.” Dave’s 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.
Dave’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 Dave’s comeback and fall from the mound, with the weakened bone, the cancer returned yet again. Slowly the treatment and the cancer ate away Dave’s 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 bone. Finally, the arm along with Dave’s shoulder blade and left side of his collar bone had to be amputated. In the book, "When You Can’t Comeback," written with his wife, Jan, Dave describes his loss. Dave continues to examine the impact of the amputation on his life in his book, "The Worth of a Man." With the absence of his arm, Dave seemed to be stripped of his identity. He began to ask questions many men ponder, such as, where does my worth come from? After a long search, Dave discovered his true worth could never be shaken by adversity or loss and offers men a new definition of worth.
Dave and Jan founded Dave Dravecky's Outreach of Hope, a nonprofit organization in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a ministry to bring hope for those who hurt.
- Topics include: Inspiration, Motivation, Sports, Overcoming Adversity, Relationships, Authentic Living, Surviving Cancer
- Faith, Loss And Suffering
- Encouragement And Hope
- Reaching Out To Others
- Saying Goodbye To The Past
Sports, Motivation, Family, Celebrity
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