Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Liam Hendriks has ended his cancer treatments, according to video he shared on social media.
Video posted on his Instagram account showed Hendriks ringing a victory bell – signifying that his treatments for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma were over.
In a caption on the video, Hendriks shared the good news and thanked multiple people while reflecting on his journey.
‘5 months ago my life changed forever,’ Hendriks began. ‘You never think you will be the one who hears “you have cancer” but there I was… in shock and fear not knowing what comes next.
‘I started treatment after SO many life altering appointments on January 9th, 2023. Every 28 days, I would have another round. Every 28 days, I got closer to the PET scan that would dictate how many more rounds there would be. Every 28 days, I got closer to this moment.
Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Liam Hendriks rang the bell to celebrate being cancer-free
Hendriks posted on a video and images of him and his family on Instagram
Hendriks does not have a timetable to return to the club, but he hasn’t been placed on IR
‘These past 5 months have been both the quickest and slowest of my life. Being able to ring this victory bell has been one of the most emotional things I’ve ever done. I cannot thank my team of doctors and nurses enough for coming up with the best medical plan for me. No words can express the gratitude I have for them saving my life.
‘To my wife: You came to every single appointment. You held my hand every step of the way. You were my voice of confidence and always made sure I felt loved and safe throughout it all. I love you.
‘To family, friends and fans: Your support kept me going. You kept me in the right frame of mind to beat this. Your encouragement made a bigger difference than you will ever know. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.’
No timeline for Hendriks’ return to the field has been set yet. However, the White Sox chose not to put him on the 60-day injured reserve list to begin the season – meaning he could potentially come back before what would have been a mandated June return.