Former Hastings pitcher Dan Carey battling brain tumor
We're hoping for successful treatment for Dan Carey, who was recently hospitalized. Carey, a 1967 graduate of Hastings High School, was in a car accident Feb. 27. He blacked out while driving and rolled his car.
Carey wasn't injured in the accident, but as doctors tried to determine the cause of the blackout, they discovered a brain tumor. Carey underwent surgery, and most - but not all - of the tumor was removed. He's currently in week four of a six-week radiation and chemotherapy regimen.
Carey is an assistant professor in the health and human performance department at the University of St. Thomas. He helped the Hastings baseball team win the 1967 State Tournament and was the highest drafted high school pitcher in the state's history, getting the No. 24 pick in the Major League Baseball draft that year. He played in the New York Mets farm system six years and earned the MVP award in 1978 while playing for the Miesville Mudhens.
Carey keeps a CaringBridge site where he shares the story of his accident and journals about his recovery. To view his site, go to www.caringbridge.org/visit/dancarey.
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