Hendriks, an ex-A's close friend and cancer victim, delivers a poignant ESPYs address.

Liam Hendriks, former Athletics closer, received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2023 ESPYs.

He fought his way back into the league after being DFA'd five times and battled Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Cancer changed him for the better, making him realize the importance of life's brevity and trivial things.

Hendriks was diagnosed at 33 but unknowingly pitched most of 2022 with cancer, showcasing the power of the mind.

He believes his remarkable comeback was driven by mental strength, throwing 100 mph even during treatment.

Hendriks returned to MLB just five months after diagnosis, undergoing eight rounds of chemotherapy and four rounds of immunotherapy.

His journey emphasizes the importance of mental resilience and determination in overcoming obstacles.

Hendriks' story is a powerful reminder of the human spirit's capacity to triumph over adversity.


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