Former MLB Player to Speak at Prayer Breakfast

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October 30, 2013 by   Leave a Comment

Former MLB pitcher Brian Holman

Baseball, RVs and religion. This unlikely trinity will converge at the 2013 RVI Leadership Prayer Breakfast during the upcoming Louisville Show on Dec. 4, 7-8:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, with an address from Brian Holman, former pitcher for the Montreal Expos and the Seattle Mariners.

According to a press release, Holman’s path outside of and beyond Major League Baseball reportedly makes an even more compelling story than what happened while he was on the mound. During his stint with the Mariners, he faced legends like Barry Bonds and Tom Glavine and logged 14 complete games (five of those being shut-outs).

Just as it seemed everything was perfectly aligned to send him to stardom in the profession he’d been striving for his whole life, an arm injury abruptly cut Holman’s baseball career short – and that was just the beginning.

His 8-year-old son, David, had a serious fall that inflicted broken bones, lacerated organs and a concussion. Then a routine MRI showed a brain tumor. It was benign, but growing, and in three years the tumor was so large it had to be surgically removed. When David woke up from surgery, he was partially paralyzed.

At the same time, doctors found Holman had a leaking mitral valve that required open heart surgery, and his daughter Kassidy was going through chemotherapy treatment for leukemia.

How Holman and his whole family made it through all of that – some parts ending in tragedy, some in triumph – is a story RVIA show attendees won’t want to miss, according to RVI Leadership’s coordinator, Carl Pletcher.

“There may be a time in all of our lives when we feel like we have everything going for us, or we feel like the deck is completely stacked against us. For some attending the RVIA annual show, one of those times might be now,” Pletcher said. “Brian Holman knows how both of those extremes feel, and his life is a testimony to what it means to stay anchored to our faith no matter what, rain or shine, and emerge victorious.”

The event is open to all RVIA show attendees and their teams. Individual tickets are $17 each and tables of 10 are $160. Sponsorships are also still available for those who would like to support RVI, a nonprofit group that provides the prayer breakfast for the enrichment of fellow Christians in the RV industry.

Payment and reservations can be sent to the RVI Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee at 56771 Wedgewood S, Elkhart IN, 46516. For more information on attending or sponsoring the event, visit the new website by clicking here or contact Pletcher at (574) 522-4366 or

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