Ryan Dempster worried about far more than baseball
Ryan Dempster has a lot on his plate, and not just in making preparations to head to Mesa, Ariz., for spring training.
The Chicago Cubs pitcher is dealing with a personal battle as well, trying to help his 10-month old daughter deal with a serious ailment. (From the New York Times):
Ryan and Jenny Dempster’s 10-month-old daughter, Riley, was born with DiGeorge syndrome, a developmental disorder caused by a defective chromosome. She requires nearly constant medical attention.
Her digestive system has been affected. Unable to swallow, Riley spends mealtime tethered to a feeding tube, while another tube in her tiny throat allows for the draining of built-up secretions that could seep into her lungs and impair breathing. It’s her only manifestation of the illness.
Meanwhile, Dempster and his wife have started a foundation to help raise awareness - and money - for the cause, in part to help others who can’t afford treatment.
You can read all about it here.