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Harmon Killebrew is battling cancer

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Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, in a statement released this morning, revealed that he is battling cancer.

``I was recently diagnosed with esophageal cancer. With my wife, Nita, by my side, I have begun preparing for what is perhaps the most difficult battle of my life. I am being treated by a team of medical professionals at the Mayo Clinic. While my condition is very serious, I have confidence in my doctors and the medical staff and I anticipate a full recovery.

``The Mayo Clinic is one of the largest and most experienced medical centers treating esophageal cancer in the world. In the past decade, they have made tremendous advances in the treatment of this disease. Nita and I feel blessed to have access to the best doctors and medical care. ``I thank everyone for their outpouring of prayers, compassion and concern. Nita and I ask for privacy during this difficult journey.''

Killebrew, 74, has been a fixture at significant Twins events in recent years but did miss the annual winter caravan and TwinsFest last year while recovering from gallbladder surgery.He recovered from that surgery in time to make his annual trip to spring training.

He was present for the Twins' legends exhibition game in August as well as the Twins-Yankees ALDS.

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