Ron Santo, legendary baseball player for the Chicago Cubs, has passed away at the age of 70. Ron Santo will be incredibly missed by his family, friends, and fans who loved him. In addition to his baseball career, Ron Santo dedicated his live to helping kids with diabetes through his work with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Ron Santo was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 18 and struggled with the disease his whole life. He was given a life expectancy of 25 years, but made it all the way to 70. He lost both of his legs to the devastating disease in 2001 and 2002.
Ron Santo started working with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in 1974 and raised over $50 million dollars for the charity. He started the Ron Santo Walk To Cure Diabetes, and was named Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s “Person of the Year” in 2002.
Ron Santo will be missed, and our hearts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.