UConn Community Unites To Help Pitcher Ryan Radue Beat Cancer

UConn Baseball team shaves their heads in solidarity with Ryan Radue '15
“Love you brother. Everyone here at @UConnBaseball is supporting you in this fight!” Radue’s teammate Nico Darras posted on Twitter. (Nico Darras)

“Weeks of powerful chemotherapy had wiped out the cancer discovered in [UConn baseball pitcher Ryan] Radue’s knee and neck, with a month of radiation still to come. But neither the illness nor the harsh effects of treatment separated him from school, where he graduated in December, a semester early, or his teammates. Now his fight is in the late innings and he let everyone know he was winning. He hopes to be pitching by the end of April.

“‘That’s all him,’ said outfielder Joe DeRoche-Duffin, one of Radue’s closest friends. ‘It just shows you the internal fight that he has, and it’s so inspiring. He’s just been amazing.'”

Ryan will be one of several honored guests at the 7th Annual UConn Health White Coat Gala, recognizing our community’s heroes and healers in the fight against cancer. The event, set for April 16, will also recognize Bess Economos, co-founder of the Lea’s Foundation for Leukemia Research, and Pramod Srivastava, PhD, MD, director of the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center.