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05/20/08 12:20 AM ET

Sutton raising kidney-cancer awareness

Hall of Fame hurler spreading word for Stay in Game program

LOS ANGELES -- Hall of Famer, former Dodgers pitcher and kidney-cancer survivor Don Sutton returned to the field where he had some of his finest moments Monday.

Sutton has teamed up with the Kidney Cancer Association, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals and Onyx Pharmaceuticals to launch the Stay In The Game kidney cancer awareness program.

Sutton urged the crowd to support the foundation and visit www.StayInGame.com.

"I have great memories out here," Sutton said. "One thing I learned as a Dodger is if you have a problem, surround yourself with teammates who will help you win. I have been fortunate to find people who care and who are working on products who will help people like me."

Sutton, 63, is living with advanced kidney cancer. He is sharing his story through Stay in the Game in order to provide inspiration and encouragement for others who have encountered the disease.

"Just because you have a 'C' behind your name, it doesn't mean you bury your head in the sand and stop living your life," Sutton said. "We believe there is life after being diagnosed with 'Fill in the blank.'"

Sutton, who had 324 career victories, said he missed the mound, but was happy to be back at Dodger Stadium.

"I wish I had a few more pitches to throw here," he said.

John Klima is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.