March 1, 2021

How Todd Stottlemyre found a way out of grief and anger and back to Toronto a changed man (The Athletic)


Jason Stottlemyre was a rambunctious kid. He loved to hunt and fish with his dad and older brothers. He loved to chase butterflies with his net. And he loved baseball. One day his dad drove him 2 ½ hours to the hospital to get a painful spinal injection, then drove him home so he could play in a Little League game.

He needed that injection because he had leukemia. For five years, he fought it to a draw. Two remissions brought hope. But in 1981, shortly after he turned 11, the cancer attacked with a fury.

Doctors recommended a bone marrow transplant. Jason’s 15-year-old brother was a match.

Todd Stottlemyre said yes. Maybe his marrow could save his little brother.

Doctors stuck needles into Todd’s hips 260 times to extract marrow. At first, the procedure seemed to work. Jason was back to his vivacious self. But two days before his scheduled release from the hospital, he fell into a coma and died.

Todd blamed himself.

As he left…

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