Ed Odeven Reporting

This column appeared in the Arizona Daily Sun. Interviews were conducted at the local hospital.


March 24, 2006
By Ed Odeven
Sun Sports Editor

During the long offseason, Opening Day can’t come soon enough. For baseball fans, it’s an unofficial national holiday, a day that’s marked on our calendars since, well, the day after the previous World Series ends.

For Flagstaff resident Jason Kurtz, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 2006 Opening Day at Chase Field will have an even bigger meaning: a celebration of life.

Fittingly, on April 11, he’ll return to the place where his life took a turn for the better.

Kurtz will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Diamondbacks-Rockies game.

“It’s such a simple task,” Kurtz was saying Friday morning at Flagstaff Medical Center’s main lobby moments before he walked with visitors to 3 South, the medical/surgical unit he works at as a…

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