I never met Jeff Rochester but I watched him pitch last spring for the Eaton Rapids High School baseball team. He was good and nearly led his team to a Diamond Classic appearance. He performed while battling brain cancer and taking chemotherapy treatments. They wiped him out much of the time, but he still played for the Greyhounds. Jeff battled the same type of brain cancer that killed my brother six years ago next month. My brother was 52 and survived 8 1/2 months. Jeff died Wednesday after a battle of about a year and a half. The funeral is Saturday, February 14th, 1pm, at Eaton Rapids United Methodist Church.
Watching the video we have chosen for the newscast and the Sunday Staudt on Sports it seems so sad. A polite, good looking, athletic young man and you wonder why it happens to some over others. We never found out why my brother suffered his disease-- it is difficult to learn the origin and I'm sure it's that way for Jeff's family. You watch all these games and athletes, so healthy and invigorated and then look at the video of this young man and now he's gone. And the end was difficult as it was for my brother.
He'd been admitted to Hope College where he hoped to play but his health deteriorated to the point where he couldn't do it last fall and spent the rest of his time with doctors and treatments, etc. It wasn't easy. I hope he's in a better place and I feel so badly for those who were close to him.