During one of his last public appearances as his health precipitously declined, Michael Weiner told a group of reporters how he viewed life during his battle with non-operable brain cancer.
"What I look for every day is beauty, meaning and joy. And if I can find beauty, meaning and joy, then that's a good day," the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association said in the hours leading up to the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field. "I'll live each day for those things. And I'll live each day looking for those things. Because I don't know how much time I'll have."
With his family by his side at his home, Weiner lost his battle with glioblastoma on Thursday, the union said. He was 51. Wheelchair-bound and paralyzed on his right side because of the effects of the tumor, Weiner never lost hope. He underwent months of chemotherapy and radiation following his diagnosis in August 2012 and when those remedies were deemed unhelpful, he went on to an experimental regimen prescribed by his oncologists at New York's Columbia University Medical Center that he said taxed his body and sapped his energy.
Nevertheless, Weiner worked on union issues until he was incapable of doing so, having a firm hand in MLB's Biogenesis investigation involving performance-enhancing drug use, a prominent subject during the more-than-four-year tenure of Weiner and that before him of Don Fehr, now the executive director of the National Hockey League Players Association.
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