Arizona DBacks CEO Derrick Hall Talks About the Importance of Prostate Cancer Awareness

Why prostate cancer awareness is important to Derrick Hall

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 4.13.54 PMIn this video, Arizona Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall talks about how important is is to him to spread prostate cancer awareness, after being diagnosed at age 42. Derrick thinks it’s important for individuals to be as forthcoming in open and honest as possible if they are comfortable doing so.

Known throughout the game of baseball for his never-ending positivity and pioneering spirit, D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall turned the franchise into a model organization focused on a fan experience and corporate culture that was second-to-none, paired with the goal of competing for a championship on the field each year and giving back to the community in a meaningful way.

But Hall faced his biggest challenge in September, 2011 when he learned that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer at the young age of 42. Determined to face this challenge in the same fashion that led to him becoming one of Major League Baseball’s top executives, Hall immediately penned a note to his staff letting them know of his diagnosis. “Why would I share with you all so openly?” read the message, which was sent before even alerting his children. “Because I share everything with you, my family. And you will help me and my beautiful immediate family get through this. I will win! Survival rate is high, and I will be an “add on” to the statistics.”

For more, watch Derrick in this video.

Video Transcript

Derrick Hall:  I am Derrick Hall, President and CEO at the Arizona Diamondbacks.  I have now been here.  This will be my 10th season coming up.  Before that I spent about 12 seasons with the LA Dodgers.  I have enjoyed a life in a profession in major league baseball and I am the cancer survivor, prostate cancer.

I think it’s important for individuals to be as forthcoming in open and honest as possible or they are comfortable doing so.  In my case when I learned on that Saturday morning, the first thing I did was quickly draft on my phone an email that I want to sent to all my employees and had not even told my children yet.  I called my wife and read it to her and asked her you okay if I’ll send this out to you know 300 employees and she said I am that’s who you are and so the first thing I did was let everybody know I have been diagnosed, I am going to be okay, we are all going to be okay and right now the only focus I have is on to win first.  To me that was very therapeutic as well. 

I feel sorry for some and I understand where they have to be private, but I feel sorry for them if they don’t have someone that they can talk to and may be they don’t know anyone that has been through it and again that’s an outlet that we are providing through and I want them to utilize us and I want them to use it as a place to communicate with me, so hopefully I can answer those questions.  It’s very important to have period to period interaction and what we are going to try and provide as well through my foundation is really strong and relative period to period opportunity where if you are 55 years old perhaps we can find somebody through our network, there is also 55 that will talk you and help you out and get you through this.  It’s so important.  I was lucky where I had 30, 40, and 50 people reach out to me right away most don’t and you know I find it very encouraging therapeutic positive to be able to speak to someone very openly, candidly, I did so with my entire staff.  I did so with the world, most cannot do that, but I want them to be able to some form of it and will provide that.

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