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Former S.F. Giants Pitcher to Speak at Foundation Gala


HANFORD – His story is one of inspiration, encouragement and faith.

Dave Dravecky, former San Francisco Giants pitcher, will speak to guests during the 29th annual Charity Gala, hosted by Adventist Health’s Central Valley Health Foundation, on Thursday, Oct 5, in Hanford.

Dravecky was diagnosed with cancer in 1988, and the disease eventually resulted in amputation of his pitching arm. Such a life-altering experience forced Dravecky to retire while he was at the peak of his career. However, he didn’t let the challenge damper his spirits. He now shares his story of hope and encouragement with others.

Proceeds from the event at the Hanford Civic Auditorium will go toward purchasing a tomosynthesis machine for the Adventist Health Breast Care Center in Hanford. Tomosynthesis is an advanced form of mammography that creates three-dimensional images and helps in early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer.

Seats may be reserved by contacting the Central Valley Health Foundation at (559) 537-0760 or