In this life, there are way more important things than a game like baseball, but the popularity you can have by being a professional player can help you to achieve great things and spread awareness about important issues. That is what Yankees' player Tyler Austin wants to do.
The 26-year-old has a story that few people know about, as he was playing in the minors a few weeks ago, but with Greg Bird's injury, Austin was called up to fill the Yankees' first baseman spot.
Now playing in the Majors, Tyler Austin wants to spread awareness and save lives from a terrible disease he had when he was 17 years old: Testicular cancer. Austin spoke about this with the New York Post and now how he is raising funds to help others to beat cancer:
I have a story. Now I need to try to help as many people as I can to have the same results as me that have it. I’m lucky. I didn’t have to do the chemo or radiation. I didn’t die from it. As many people as I can help, the better
Tyler spoke about how horrifying was realizing he had cancer, and how lucky he was that he didn't have to undergo treatments like chemo or radiation, as he was able to recover from the disease pretty quickly:
I went to the hospital, and they told me that day they were 98 percent sure that I had testicular cancer. I went to a specialist the next day and they told me they were 99 percent sure. It was a tough time in my life because you don’t know whether it had spread or not. Thank the Good Lord that I was lucky enough to catch it early enough and not have it. A surgical procedure removed the tumor, and a week later, I was playing in an Athletic All-American game in San Diego.
After beating cancer, he took action against the disease and started an initiative to help the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation to raise funds, as he sells t-shirts with the slogan "Balls-Out" to spread awareness.
I was in the minor leagues and never had a platform to voice my opinion, voice my story, in a way that could benefit. I’m super thankful to be able to have the opportunity to do that now, because when I went through this at 17 years old,
The rookie has started the season right, as he has hit 2 home runs and has 3 RBI's over the course of 5 games
All in the name of #TesticularCancerAwareness! Order your #LimitedEdition #BallOut #TylerAustin t-shirt now-The first 26 people to order will receive an autographed Tyler Austin item @T1721Austin @athletesbrand @yankees #testicularcancer #cancer #support https://t.co/PZthHJwrm3 pic.twitter.com/HknBpGcvF9— Kimerling Foundation (@SeanKimerling) 3 de abril de 2018