The Phillies family and Philadelphia sports community was dealt a tough blow this afternoon when former Phils’ catcher Darren ‘Dutch’ Daulton was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer known as glioblastoma.
Darren Daulton was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. Daulton recently had two brain tumors removed. http://t.co/RWxEz8yPuV
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) July 10, 2013
In late June, the news broke that doctors had discovered multiple brain tumors on Daulton and he immediately underwent surgery to have them removed. The results of the surgery and biopsy revealed the tumors to be malignant, and aggressive, although it has not been revealed whether all the cancer was removed from Daulton’s brain.
Prior to the discovery of the tumors, Daulton was a weekly contributor on 97.5 The Fanatic’s ‘Talking Baseball With Dutch’. There was a statement released on Daulton’s behalf on his website for ‘The Darren Daulton Foundation’ documenting the status of the Philadelphia fan-favorite.
On behalf of Board of the Darren Daulton Foundation, and on behalf of Darren and his family, the following is an update on Darren’s condition and the September 9th golf outing at LuLu Country Club. See the attached flyer for those details.
Darren has been diagnosed with a Glioblastoma (“GBM”), a form of brain cancer. He has returned to his Clearwater area home to continue recuperating amongst his immediate family and friends. He will eventually begin treatments in Florida. Darren and his family wish to thank everyone for their loving support throughout this difficult time. He is deeply touched. In typical fashion, he again said, “Right on; Fight on.” Darren and his family request that everyone respect his privacy and that of his family during this period of time. At his urging, I can report that the September 9, 2013 golf tournament that benefits the Foundation will continue as planned.
More details are forthcoming as Darren has requested that we keep his friends and fans periodically updated.
While the team has not formally released a statement regarding Daulton, manager Charlie Manuel shared his thoughts on ‘Dutch’, who spent 14 seasons playing catcher for the Phillies.
Charlie Manuel on Darren Daulton: “Dutch is a friend of mine. I care a lot about him. Ill say some prayers for him. Im pulling for him”
— John Clark NBC10 (@johnclarknbc10) July 10, 2013
I can speak for everyone at Section215.com when I say all of our best wishes are with Daulton for a full, speedy recovery.