Ron Santos

By donna13 Latest Reply 2010-12-13 22:29:16 -0600
Started 2010-12-03 11:22:38 -0600

As a lifelong Chicagoan, I was saddened to hear that Ron Santos died today. He was a Chicago Cub in the 60's and 70's and played with type 1 Diabetes for all of his professional liife. His son made a film of his life, concentrating on his battle with this disease and how he kept it a secret for much of his life. He played with the disease before there were blood glucose meters, just had to give himself insulin by the way felt. He did lose both his legs and still kept active. He was 70 years old, so did live longer than was expected. He was instrumental in founding charities to fight the disease. He will be missed.

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runthe 2010-12-03 22:53:04 -0600 Report

I am a diehart chicago cub fan… I really enjoy listening to Ron on wgn. He will surely be miss. RIP Ron..

Chris Walsh
Chris Walsh 2010-12-03 19:25:19 -0600 Report

Heard the story on the radio into work this AM, and I was saddened to hear he kept the disease a secret.

donna13 2010-12-03 20:04:06 -0600 Report

I think he thought he had to, in order to keep playing. I'm sure there is still some bias against chronic illnesses now, but it was much more prevalent then.

squog master
squog master 2010-12-13 22:29:16 -0600 Report

That's probably true. When Bobby Clarke was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers he was still available because so many teams passed him over because he had Type 1 Diabetes.

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