Lester's No-Hitter Inspires Cancer Survivors

And now he has plunged into life full force, thriving as a volunteer for Cancer Care Resources, a Portland nonprofit organization focused on providing support services for people living with cancer. He also devotes his time to the Web site I'm Too Young for This, which he said is designed as "a global support community for young adults affected by cancer who get busy living and rock on."

Getting Back in the Game

"I hope Jon Lester is ecstatic with his successes, not just in baseball but in overcoming cancer," Lowney said. "And I hope he knows that it provides inspiration to me and so many others."

"It taught me that my cancer diagnosis was not the end of the world when I can look up to someone who beat the impossible once by overcoming lymphoma, and then beat the impossible again by pitching this no-hitter."

Cancer experts agreed that Lester is a tremendous inspiration -- both as an athlete and a survivor.

"The message [Lester's story provides] is that many forms of cancer can be cured by drugs, and that afterward people can live normal lives," said Dr. Bruce Chabner, clinical director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.

Lowney said the latest chapter of Lester's story is particularly inspiring.

"When I saw it I thought to myself, 'I can treat [having cancer] as a learning experience and use my strength to get through this and return to my old life and maybe even help win a World Series," Lowney said. "I can do something just as impossible as beating cancer."

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