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Rockies Go To Bat For College Coach With Rare Cancer

September 5, 2017


Luke Kalb, College Baseball Coach
AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– A college baseball coach, battling a rare form of liver cancer, got some encouragement Tuesday from the pros. Three Colorado Rockies players surprised him at the University of Colorado Hospital. It was a moment to remember.

Colorado Rockies Players: “Surprise!”
Luke Kalb: “Oh, wow!”
Carlos Gonzalez: “What’s up Luke?”
Luke Kalb: “How’s it going guys?”

Luke Kalb played it cool, but he was clearly shocked to open the door to a conference room and see Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez, aka Cargo, left fielder Gerardo Parra and catcher Tony Wolters. The trio was freshfrom a much-needed win.
“I heard you were there yesterday. You bring us luck!” said Gonzalez.
Kalb and his family were treated to Club Level seats for Monday’s game. They even got some pre-game time on the field and a personalized welcome message on the video board. It was courtesy of UCHealth’s “Moments to Shine” program.
Tuesday, Gonzalez brought Kalb his own Rockies jersey and CBS4 HealthSpecialist Kathy Walsh was there for the surprise.
“So you can wear it whenever you go to the games,” said Gonzalez.
“Kalb, (is written) right on the back,” said a delighted Kalb.
What a story he has to tell the boys back home in Iowa. Kalb is pitching coach for the University of Dubuque Spartans. The team wears “All for Kalb” shirts as he goes to bat against an extremely rare form of liver cancer called Fibrolamellar.​

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