PHOENIX – Derrick Hall and his wife, Amy, asked their 10-year-old daughter, Kylie, for a moment to talk last fall. They explained her dad's cancer diagnosis in terms she could understand, that he would need surgery to remove a walnut-sized gland called a prostate that only men have.
Hall thought of the enormous hours he joyfully put into his job as president and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He reflected on his father's cancer and on a colleague from the Colorado Rockies who had died unexpectedly and left a family. He pondered the mystery of how this disease can strike out of nowhere, how it can disorient and devastate even the most buoyant among us.
He'd be OK, he told Kylie.
"I'll walk you down the aisle someday, I promise," he said before kissing her on the forehead.
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