Former Tallahassee umpire donates $17,000 to Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center

Posted at 12:37 AM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 00:37:24-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) - Six months ago, Tallahassee's Nick DiLuzio was diagnosed with cancer of the stomach and liver. DiLuzio umpired for Florida State baseball for nearly 20 years.

"I finished my 24th round of chemo two weeks ago and I'm going to have another scan done in three months and another one, if anything pops up they'll jump on it," he said of his diagnosis. "We'll stay ahead of it now because this place knocked down the hard stuff."

This place in Tallahassee Memorial Hospital's Cancer Center, and when DiLuzio's friends decided to host a golf tournament to raise money for his treatment, DiLuzio decided that money would go to the Cancer Center, $17,000 worth.

"He's a giver not a taker," said longtime friend Vic Vickers. "He knew this could help 10 people, 50 people, or 100 people."

"Knowing that we are providing just a little stress relief for patients in a time where they cannot even think about putting one step in front of the other. All they've heard is you have cancer," said oncology administrator Kathy Brooks. "For us to be able to relieve a little of that stress by providing gas, or a scan, or lodging, prescriptions things like that is wonderful to be able to do that."

"I saw people that needed it. I don't need a plaque on a wall. I don't need a brick in a garden," added DiLuzio. "They said I was an inspiration. When I look out around all these people - that's my inspiration out here."

Inspiration that has plenty to go around.